After an initial denial, the family of the President of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping (NCS) and former Chief of General Staff (CGS), Retired Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe, has confirmed his death.
Head of the Akhigbe family, Mr. Joseph Akhigbe, who yesterday issued strong denial of his death, today confirmed it in his Fugar country home in Estako Central Local Government Area of Edo.
Joseph Akhigbe said the eldest son of the deceased called him by telephone at about midnight from the U.S. and announced the death of his father.
“At about 1 a.m, Mike’s first son called me from the U.S. and said that his father, my brother, is dead,’’ he said.
He said that his brother’s son told him that Akhigbe’s remains were still in the U.S and that no arrangement had been made to bring them home.
The family head said that a condolence register had been opened in the family’s compound in Fugar.
Sympathisers, including Mr Emmanuel Momoh, the Chairman of Etsako Central Local Government, visited to condole with the family.
Momoh described Akhigbe’s death as “a big blow to Estako people and Nigeria in general.”