Former Nigeria Ambassador to United States, Justice Aloysius Nsofor, is dead.
He died last night, aged 85. He reportedly gave up the ghost at a Maryland Hospital according to Embassy sources in Washington DC.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs officially confirmed the death of the country’s immediate past envoy to US in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr Ferdinald Nwoye.
The ministry expressed sadness over the demise of the rerired judge.
The terse statement reads: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has the sad duty to announce the passing, in Washington, of the immediate past Nigerian Ambassador to the United States of America, His Excellency, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor.
“The former Nigerian envoy, a retired Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, died on Thursday, December 10, 2020, after a brief illness.
“He is survived by Mrs Jane Nsofor, three children and grand children.
“The Ministry, on behalf of the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, extends to Mrs. Nsofor and her family deepest condolences and sympathy and prays for the peaceful repose of an outstanding and patriotic Nigerian public servant.”
The retired Appeals Court Judge was appointed to the Grade A diplomatic post on 13 November 2017.
Nsofor replaced Nigeria’s former Ambassador, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, who also died in active service on 27 August 2015.
He was dropped at the end of his tenure alongside Nigeria High Commissioner to United Kingdom, Justice George Adesola Oguntade.