Fugar - The head of the Akhigbe family, Joseph Akhigbe, on Tuesday confirmed the death of the former Chief of General Staff, Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe.
Joseph confirmed the death to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in their Fugar country home in Estako Central Local Government Area of Edo.
He said the eldest son of the deceased called him on the 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 it home.
The family head said that a condolence register had already been opened in the family’s compound in Fugar.
NAN reports that sympathisers, including 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.”