The body of the late Nigerian Ambassador Silvanus Nsofor leaves the United States
The immediate former Nigerian ambassador to the United States, the late Judge Silvanus Nsofor, left the host country on his final journey home.
His coffin, wrapped in a Nigerian flag, took off Wednesday morning from Dulles International Airport in Washington aboard a Delta Airlines jet.
At the airport, he was greeted by representatives of the US Department of State and Ms. Jane Adams-Abanulo of the Nigerian Embassy, headed by the Charge d’Affaires Charge d’affaires.
A brief departure ceremony for the deceased included a guard of honor posted by US military personnel in the airport cargo hold.
Nsofor’s wife Jin and son Cross are escorting the body, which is expected to arrive Thursday morning at Murtala Mohammed International Airport in Lagos state, NAN reported.
Representatives of the US Consulate in Lagos and officials of the Department of Foreign Affairs will receive the body upon arrival in Nigeria.
Nsofor, an 85-year-old retired judge of the Nigeria Court of Appeals, died on December 10 in a US hospital after a short illness.
He was born on March 17, 1935 in Ogut, Imo State, Nigeria.
Nsofor, who graduated from the now deceased Holborn College of Law in London in 1962, took over as Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States on 13 November 2017.