NIDCOM petitions Egyptair over Remilekun's death, Seek Justice

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has formally lodged a petition with Egyptair management, seeking justice in the case of Remilekun Meshioye's untimely death abroad.
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This appeal comes after the airline's apparent lack of response to numerous pleas from the family and concerned Nigerians. Remilekun tragically passed away while onboard an Egypt Air flight from Lagos to Cairo last week. Her family suspects foul play and has called on the airline to return her body to Nigeria at their own expense.

Mrs. Olufunmilola Olaniyi-Alabi, Remilekun's elder sister based in Leeds, United Kingdom, spoke on behalf of the family, accusing Egypt Air of not notifying them of Remilekun's death but instead taking her to a hospital in Cairo. The family is also demanding the return of all her belongings and documents held by Egypt Air, including CCTV footage from the plane and the airport.

In a letter signed by NIDCOM's Chairman, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, and addressed to Egyptair's General Manager, Mr. Majdi Al Aridi, the sudden and tragic death of Remilekun is described as deeply saddening.

“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 petition since Wednesday Sept. 13, 2023.

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

Dabiri-Erewa, who has since condoled with the family and prayed for the repose of the soul of the deceased, assured them that justice will be served in memory of Remilekun.

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 on board and brought out dead from the aircraft at Cairo International Airport.

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