Nige­rian mis­sion help­ing on re­turn of Shinkafi’s body – Ag. High Com­mis­sioner

Daily Trust - - NEWS - Ibrahim Chonoko, London

The Nige­rian High Com­mis­sion in the United King­dom is as­sist­ing the fam­ily of the late Al­haji Umaru Shinkafi who died in London on Wed­nes­day, to re­turn his body to Nige­ria.

The Act­ing High Com­mis­sioner, Mr Si­mon Ogah, who dis­closed this to Daily Trust in London yes­ter­day, said though it was a fam­ily af­fair, the mis­sion was giv­ing con­sular and other nec­es­sary sup­port to the fam­ily to fa­cil­i­tate the re­turn of the late Marafan Sokoto’s body.

“We have nom­i­nated a fu­neral home that han­dles Mus­lim deaths and the fam­ily will pro­vide the nec­es­sary doc­u­ments for pro­cess­ing to pre­pare the body for repa­tri­a­tion”, he said.

He added that pro­ce­dures and for­mal­i­ties would have to be fol­lowed to get the coro­ner’s re­port for the re­lease of the body to the fam­ily, stress­ing that so far, things were go­ing nor­mally.

“I have spo­ken with his daugh­ter and Kebbi State first lady who is here in London and I will send con­do­lences to the fam­ily at the right time”, he said.

Ogah fur­ther said when the mis­sion was in­formed of the death of a Nige­rian, it usu­ally gets in­volved, adding that the Shinkafi fam­ily in­formed the High Com­mis­sion of the late politi­cian’s death.

“Some deaths (of Nige­ri­ans) hap­pened here that we did not even know of be­cause we were not in­formed”, he said, adding that fam­i­lies of such per­son­al­i­ties picked fu­neral homes and made ar­range­ments for the repa­tri­a­tion of the bod­ies.

He ex­plained that though the mis­sion was al­ways ready to as­sist fam­i­lies who lost their loved ones, it does not bear the cost of repa­tri­at­ing bod­ies to Nige­ria.

Photo: Ikechukwu Ibe

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