The remains of late prominent Benin billionaire and philanthropist, Captain Hosa Okunbo landed at the Benin City airport Tuesday amid fanfare aboard an airplane marked LX-DIO.
Capt. Okunbo, who died on August 7 after months of a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer at a London hospital, will be buried in Benin on Friday, October 9. He was aged 63.
The body landed on the tarmac of the airport at 11:32 am into the waiting arms of the family, friends and associates who stormed the airport as early as 6 am.
Friends and associates adorned themselves with the t-shirts and headgear bearing the image of the captain, with the inscription, “Forever in our heart”.
The service of songs would hold on Thursday, October 7, followed by the funeral service on Friday.
Although doctors, family sources hinted, had pegged March as his likely month of passing, Okunbo, who is the chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions Limited, fought harder and stayed five months month, hoping the hour would pass him by.
But his family, in an official announcement of his death, was proud that the late Okunbo lived a good life and would therefore not mourn like the hopeless.
Also, President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Godwin Obaseki and former governor Adams Oshiomhole, have commiserate with the family of Okunbo and the people of Edo over the passing of their son, saying his exit was both painful and untimely.