Bereaved Osimhen arrives in Lagos by private jet

Victor Osimhen who lost his father on Saturday has arrived in Nigeria. It was leant that the Lille star arrived in Lagos with three other national team players aboard a private plane provided by his French club, Lille.

The Super Eagles striker is said to have landed at the private wing of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos on Monday evening after securing the clearance we learnt the Nigeria Football Federation worked out with the relevant federal agency.

Elder Patrick Osimhen, 80, died in Lagos on Saturday night after a brief illness.

After it became public the President of the NFF Amaju Melvin Pinnick said the federation had reached out to him.

 “I have spoken to Victor Osimhen and expressed the sorrow of the NFF and the entire Nigerian Football family. His club, Lille OSC of France have given him a private aircraft to come to Nigeria to be with his family and probably for the burial rites. We have applied for landing permit but we are yet to get this. However, we are still on it and hopeful for the sake of the young lad.

 “The loss of either parent is usually a moment of heartbreak for anyone. We condole with Victor (Osimhen) at this moment and pray that God will grant his late father eternal rest, while also granting the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”

Osimhen is the record holder for number of goals at the FIFA U17 World Cup, after winning the top scorer at the 2015 finals in Chile with 10 goals as the Golden Eaglets cruised to a fifth title.