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Published On: Mon, Jul 7th, 2014

‘Why Umaru Dikko’s corpse has yet to arrive for burial’

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From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna

Contrary to  earlier press statements  that the  corpse of Second Republic Transport Minister, Alhaji Umaru Dikko,  who died in London almost a week ago, will arrive Abuja on Saturday, July 5, 2014, and subsequently be committed to mother  earth in his  home town, Zaria, the corpses has yet to reach the shores of Nigeria.

Investigation by our correspondent revealed that the delay in the issuance of death certificate by a London authority is responsible for the  delay in the  release of the corpse.

A family member who doubled as the Personal Secretary to the late Second Republic politician , Shehu Suleiman,  disclosed that the hassle the family was facing  in respect of the  release  of  Dikko’s corpse was because he had dual citizenship of Nigeria and Britain, and there were some “procedures”  that  have to be followed before the London authorities would release the corpse to  the Nigerian family.

He added that nobody can ascertain when his corpse would finally arrive Nigeria.

Suleiman who is also a cousin of the late politician, added that the family was working round the clock to see that the corpse is released, adding that the Dikko family has approached the Nigerian government to intervene.

“Nobody can tell when the corpse will arrive Nigeria for burial. We are waiting for the death certificate. You know he is a citizen of the British and for his body to be released to us in Nigeria there is need

to undergo due process.

“The death certificate will have to go through the Home Secretary’s Office and then for approval by the Prime Minister of Britain’s office to ensure proper release of his corpse”, he said.

Meanwhile, Vice President Muhammad Namadi Sambo has visited  the Kaduna residence of the Late politician  to condole with the family.

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