O.B. Lulu Briggs Burial Stalled Again …As Widow Challenges Ghana Supreme Court Order Releasing Body to Dumo
The controversy over the burial of business mogul and philanthropist, Chief Olu Benson Lulu Briggs does not seem to be ending soon.
This is as the widow of the deceased, Chief Seinye O.B. Lulu Briggs has again filed a suit at the Ghana High Court, challenging a recent Ghana Supreme Court decision that the body of the late High Chief be handed over to the head of the Oruwari war Canoe House and son of the deceased, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs.
Chief Dumo Briggs, disclosed this during a radio programme monitored in Port Harcourt.
According to Chief Dumo, the Supreme Court in Ghana recently ruled and affirmed the decisions of the lower court on the burial of the late Lulu Briggs, “but regrettably the widow of my father has again gone to the Ghana High Court to stop me from burying my father.”
Dumo explained that the action challenging the decision of the Ghana Supreme Court will mean that the burial would take another set of months as according to him, any case filed at the Ghanaian’s courts on any pending matter, is automatically a stay of execution on the matter.
He however added that the matter which will come up in the court on February 27, will determine how soon the burial of his late father will be carried out.
On the result of the autopsy on his late father which shows that the late O.B. Lulu Briggs died a natural death, Chief Dumo stated that any autopsy carried out on the dead is just one of the ways to ascertain the cause of death of the deceased.
He however added that the Ghana police organization have in addition to the result of autopsy began an official inquest into the death of the late Chief, stressing that such inquest does not in any way stop the burial activities.
Spokesperson of the widow, Barrister Oraye St. Franklin who spoke through the phone on behalf of Mrs. O.B. Lulu Briggs countered Dumo’s allegation on the matter but explained that Mrs. Lulu Briggs decided to challenge the matter in Court because according to him, Chief Dumo had failed to fulfill certain conditions set out by the court before the burial.
He denied that Mrs. Lulu Briggs was in any way apprehensive of the police inquest on the death of Chief O.B. Lulu Briggs, emphasizing that the result of the autopsy conducted in Ghana was enough to vindicate her that there was no foul play on the businessman’s death.
Franklin agreed that several meetings have been held with some eminent Nigerians and groups aimed at finding amicable resolutions to the family feud. “We have met with the inspector General of policy, IGP Idris Abubakar to broker peace. The I.G. instructed that all pending matters in court be withdrawn but Dumo has refused to withdraw the inquisition case he instituted against Mrs. O.B. Lulu Briggs. The woman equally has the right to protest herself from any attempt at labeling her a murderer,” the spokesman alleged.
Dumo also explained that the 24-man committee recently setup by the Amanyanabo of Kalabari, HRM King Princewill was not a burial committee but a peace and reconciliation team, mandated to reconcile the parties on the matter.
The Vortex recalls that the death of the 88year old, High Chief Olu Benson Lulu Briggs in Ghana in 2018 has been enmeshed in wild controversies and attempts by individuals and groups to resolve the impasse have not been successful.
Dates for his burial activities have on several occasions been fixed and cancelled as a result of litigation between the widow of the deceased icon and his son, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs.