Nigeria confirms death of envoy to US

Abuja, Aug 28 (IANS) Nigeria on Friday confirmed the death of Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, ambassador of the West African country to the US, media reported.

In a terse statement, the ministry of foreign affairs said the sad event occurred in a hospital in the US on Thursday, but did not state clearly the cause of his death, Xinhua reported.

Adefuye, 68, was in 2010 appointed Nigeria’s envoy to the US by former Nigerian leader Goodluck Jonathan. He was recalled to Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari took office in May and was waiting to hand over to a new ambassador when he suddenly died Thursday.