The body of late Prof Dora Akunyili was returned to Nigeria and was deposited at a mortuary of a hospital in Abuja.
* Late Dora Akunyili
The remains was brought back to the motherland via a chartered flight from Dubai, which landed at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, FCT Abuja, on June 11, 2014, Wednesday. Dora’s husband and two sons have been accompanying the body all the way from Mumbai.
The ex Minister of Information and former National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control Director General was flown to India in May 2014 after her condition worsened.
The immediate past Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, the Minister of State for Environment, Dora’s family members and friends were at the airport to receive the corpse.
Her remains was later deposited at the mortuary of the National Hospital, Abuja. This has been confirmed by the spokesperson of the hospital, Dr. Tayo Haastrup, who also revealed that the body arrived between 7.30 and 8pm.
After depositing the body, the family members have relocated to the Akunyilis’ Abuja residence in order to start a meeting for the preparation of the burial ceremonies.
It would be recalled that Prof Dora Akunyili passed away at the age of 59 on June 7, 2014. The family sources later revealed that she has lost her battle against uterine cancer. Dora’s chances to overcome the decease could have been bigger, however, an alleged misdiagnosis allowed cancer to win in about one year.
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