The body of former Senate President Wayas returns to Nigeria after a three-year absence

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Late Senate President of the Second Republic, Dr Joseph Wayas

The late Senate President Joseph Wayas’ body has finally returned to Nigeria after nearly three years since his passing.

Wayas, who served as Senate President from October 1979 to December 1983, passed away at the age of 80 in a London hospital on November 30, 2021, following a long illness. His death was closely followed by that of his first wife just 12 days later, while his wife was laid to rest, his remains remained in a London morgue, sparking controversy.

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His body was repatriated from Heathrow Airport, London, aboard British Airways 083 and touched down at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, at 4:40 am local time. The solemn arrival was met by Jarigbe Agom, Peter Akpanke, family members, kinsmen, and other dignitaries who reverently transported his remains to the morgue at the National Hospital, Abuja.

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Jarigbe expressed gratitude to Cross River State Governor Bassey Otu for facilitating the repatriation and assured that the late statesman would receive a fitting burial. He also thanked stakeholders for their collective support during this solemn occasion.

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At his residence in Asokoro, Abuja, dignitaries gathered to pay their respects and sign the condolence register. Among those present were Senator Eteng Jonah Williams, Rt. Hon. Mike Etaba, Ntufam Fidelis Ugbo, Jonny Agim, SAN, and Hon. Cletus Obun, among others.

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