BREAKING: Justice Nsofor, 85-year-old Nigerian Ambassador to US, is dead
Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, the 85-year-old Nigerian ambassador to the United States is dead.
Arise News TV reports that he passed away on Thursday in a Maryland hospital.
Though no official statement has been issued, competent sources have confirmed his death.
A retired justice of Nigeria’s Court of Appeal, Nsofor assumed office as Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States on November 13, 2017.
Born on March 17, 1935, Nsofor was appointed a judge in 1977 and he spent 28 years on the bench, 13 of which were as a Justice of the Court of Appeal (JCA).
At 82 years, he was nominated as a non-career ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nsofor succeeded Prof Adebowale Adefuye, who also died towards the end of his tenure as Nigeria’s ambassador to the US.
More than 1,500 Nigerians had signed a petition on the change.org website – which prides itself as the world’s platform for change – demanding the immediate removal of Nsofor stating that the process that brought him to office as an ambassador lacked integrity.
According to a report on the website the recommendations of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Security (DSS) against his appointment was discarded.
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