Body of Nigerian killed in India arrives home

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The body of Mr. Simeon Obodo, the 35-year-old Nigerian killed in Goa, India, on October 31, arrived Nigeria, Saturday and has been deposited in a mortuary in Port Harcourt.

A representative of the family, Mr. Ejike Esinkonye, confirmed the arrival of the corpse in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, yesterday, in Abuja.

He said the corpse arrived Port Harcourt International Airport at 7p.m., Saturday, via an Air France commercial flight.
Esinkoye said that some family members travelled to India to accompany the corpse home.
The family representative said that about N6.5 million was spent to fly the body to Nigeria, including funeral and mortuary costs in India.

He said the family and the community members felt abandoned by the Indian and Nigerian governments, claiming they had received no financial assistance till date.

Esinkoye was part of a delegation of the Ohaji Egbema community in Imo that met with the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, Professor Viola Onwuliri after Obodo was killed.

He appealed to the Federal Government to impress on the Indian government to respond to the family’s demands.
“Our brother is survived by an aged mother, wife and children; who will take care of these responsibilities?” he queried.
He said the burial of Obodo had tentatively been fixed for December 28, in his community in Imo.

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