After a protracted battle with kidney failure and his quest for medical help abroad, which led to the several years of soliciting for funds from well-meaning Nigerians for several years and the eventual support from his State Governor, with a whooping N14m for the actor to access medical help, Prince James eventually died on the 8th of March 2017.
This is however not the news. The news is that, after accessing funds for the actor’s treatment in India, the bureaucratic bottlenecks the Indian High Commission in Lagos subjected the team that was taking care of Prince to in their quest for Visa into the country was unnecessarily frustrating and has culminated to the eventual death of the actor. According to Emeka Ojukwu, popularly known as Torino, the Indian High Commission was not giving them attention for up till 3 weeks, when Prince James’ case required some measure of urgency. In his words, “The Indian High Commission played an ignoble role in the process leading to the death of Prince James. They subjected us to a lot of procedural rigors which was enough to frustrate our efforts. We went as far as bringing Prince to the Embassy in an ambulance, still the officers did not see any sense of urgency and emergency in our request, at a stage, they gave us and refused to give the doctor who is supposed to accompany him and supervise his health and also liaise with the doctors in India on what to do. It is so painful that some of these foreign countries treat us like slaves even in our own country. The govt. should do something about the attitude of some of these embassies and high commissions to Nigerian Visa applicants is quite appalling and should be address, because if we had gotten this visas in good time, Prince would probably be alive today, we treat these foreigners better but they chose to treat us as if we are semi humans, even in our own soil. I feel very bad that despite all the efforts, Prince is dead. These Indians at the high commission are heatless”