NIDCOM demands justice over death of Ms. Remilekun Meshioye

By Mnena Iyorkegh, Abuja

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The Chairman/CEO, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa has demanded justice from EgyptAir management over the death of a Nigerian, Ms. Remilekun Toyosi Meshioye aboard the airline on Sept. 4, 2023, following the non-responsiveness of Egypt Air management over the death.

According to a statement by NIDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, in a letter signed by the Chairman and delivered by him to Mr. Majdi Al Aridi, the General Manager of the airline in Abuja office, she described the sudden death of Remilekun as sad and painful.

Dabiri-Erewa in the petition stated that Remilekun’s case was drawn to the attention of NIDCOM in a petition sent by Mrs. Olufunmilola Olaniyi-Alabi, her elder sister based in UK on behalf of the family to the Commission.

She said since the death of Remilekun aboard the airline from Lagos to Cairo, “it is surprising that EgyptAir management has not deemed it fit to contact any members of Remilekun family to break the sad news to them nor condole with them. It has not responded as well to NIDCOM’s petition since Wednesday Sept. 13, 2023.”

The family, according to Mrs. Olufunmilola Olaniyi-Alabi, said the Airline didn’t inform them, but rather they got a message from the Nigeria consular office in Cairo informing them of her death on board the flight.

“Please we need to know what exactly happened to Remilekun and how to get her corpse back to Nigeria for a peaceful burial as well as all her belongings in the custody of the airline.”

 On behalf of the family and the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Commission says it is demanding for full disclosure that led to the sudden death of Ms. Remilekun Toyosi Meshioye aboard EgyptAir on that fateful day.

Remilekun, 41, who was billed for London to resume for her studies was said to have left Lagos for London onboard Egypt Air MS 876 flight to Cairo on Monday Sept. 4, via Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA), Lagos, but allegedly took ill onboard and brought out dead from the aircraft at Cairo International Airport.

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