The family of Admiral Mike Akhigbe, former Chief of General Staff under the Military Administration of Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar have confirmed that he is dead.
This confirmation was made by the head of the Akhigbe family, Chief Joseph Akhigbe on Tuesday in Fugar country home in Estako Central Local Government Area of Edo.
It will be recalled that on Monday news of his death filtered through from an online publication but the same Chief Joseph debunked it, saying, “it is not true and it is really embarrassing to us”.
“My brother is stabilising in an American hospital and not even London as erroneously reported. As I speak to you now, the report in my opinion is pure speculation, the paper said he died in a London hospital but my brother is in an American hospital and he is stable”. He added.
He has, however, confirmed the death and said: “At about 1 a.m, Mike’s first son called me from the U.S. and said that his father, my brother, is dead,’’
He said that his brother’s son told him that Akhigbe’s remains were still in the U.S and that no arrangement had been made to bring it home.
The late Admiral Akhigbe served as the Chief of General Staff, the de-facto number 2 citizen, in the General Abubakar administration and before then served as Military governor of Ondo and Lagos States at different times between 1985 and 1988.