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CORONER’S INQUEST: What Is My Father’s Widow Afraid Of? -Dumo Lulu Briggs

Dumo Lulu Briggs has reacted to a material on https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/10/18/seinye-lulu-briggs-media-trial-facts-vs-fiction/ regarding the demise of High Chief O B Lulu Briggs and the current ongoing coroners court order asking for the Ghana Police Service to commence autopsy on the remains of the deceased to ascertain what happened to him in December 2018 as reported in Accra, Ghana.

The said publication, alleged that High Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs is responsible for the delay in the burial of his late father, and he attempts to present the issues with the hope of setting the record straight.

Briggs told the Daily Report that Seinye Lulu Briggs has been the person filing various court applications in a bid to stop the Ghana Police Service from carrying out the orders of the coroners court in Ghana.

Dumo Lulu Briggs provides a copy of the order from the coroners court in Ghana which ordered the following:

1. An inquest should be conducted on the death of the deceased, Chief Olu Benson Lulu Briggs because I ordered for an autopsy to be undertaken on the deceased following an application by the Ghana Police Service (C.I.D Headquarters).

The report is yet to be submitted since July 2019. With this additional information to the one that forms the basis of the Police application, I have reasonable cause to believe that the deceased did not die a natural death and I therefore deem an inquest necessary and accordingly order for one to be done.

2. The Ghana Police Service (C.I.D ) is ordered to make available to this court all processes and documents in their custody including the autopsy report.

Given this simple order, one is forced to ask, “WHAT IS SEINYE LULU-BRIGGS AFRAID OF?”

If the Ghanaian Police carried out an autopsy, why is the report not before the Coroners Court since July 2019 till date?

WHAT ARE THE FACTS OF THE MATTER REALLY?

Dumo succinctly puts it that Seinye Lulu- Briggs is no doubt the wife of the deceased and rightly so too. That is not in contention. However, one is also forced to ask some questions given the circumstances and facts gathered by the Nigerian Police Force and the Ghana Police Service and the InterPol.

“Seinye Lulu-Briggs claims she and her husband, now deceased were travelling for holiday to Ghana and they hired a chartered plane from Port Harcourt International Airport. She also claims that same pilot/Captain of the chartered flight who had permit/authorization to land in Nigerian airport suddenly had no permit to land in Ghana Airport? To the point that the pilot had to depend on his passenger to get a landing permit for him from Ghana and kept the deceased on board the aircraft for upwards of 5 hours and 30 minutes before take-off”?

2. Why did the pilot/captain of the aircraft, refer to the deceased as “cargo” instead of passenger when he asked his other passenger Seinye Lulu-Briggs of she could get a cargo landing permit for him to be able to land with a “cargo” in Ghana airport? Could it be that the High Chief was already dead on board? Is that what Seinye Lulu-Briggs is afraid of that it may be found out?

3. Upon landing, the deceased was wheeled to the airport clinic where she Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs, reported him as being unconscious. Doctors on ground to receive them, checked for vital signs but could not find any and reported that the body had already set into Rigor Mortis. So, what really happened between taking off in Nigeria and landing in Accra airport?

“Seinye Lulu-Briggs as custom requires anywhere in the world, upon demise of her husband has no business whatsoever in the planning of his burial without the family. As it is clear even in the marriage act, that at the point of departure, the mortal remains are released to the family of the deceased and the first son is referred to as the “Chief Mourner”. The woman is only to see the remains of her husband on the day of the burial and not before.

“But it is surprising that Seinye Lulu-Briggs has gone ahead since January 2019 and filed an application before a Ghana Court asking that the remains of her husband be not released to the family of the deceased. She filed this application claiming that High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is the one stopping her from burying her late husband. How? The deceased has grown children who are not less than 50 years old and can make decisions and plan the burial of their late father comfortably”

So, the question yet again remains; WHAT IS MRS SEINYE LULU – BRIGGS AFRAID OF?

“Between January and October 2019,  Seinye Lulu-Briggs has occupied herself with converting the assets of the deceased to her name and names of her children, but that is not even a problem to the family. All the family is interested in is for her to withdraw her application before the court and allow the mortal remains of the deceased to be handed over to the family so they can go ahead with plans to bury their brother and father and grandfather”

“A date was set for a ruling by a vacation judge in Ghana High Court for September 6, 2019 and on the set date, Seinye Lulu-Briggs goes to an appeal court and appeals that the matter be assigned to another judge and took a date for hearing for November 12 as date from the court in Ghana. Why all the rigmarole? All these actions of hers points to only one thing; Seinye Lulu-Briggs is hiding something concerning the suspicious death of High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs”.

He said it is clear that he is not accusing Seinye Lulu-Briggs of anything yet but has gone to all possible media houses and claiming that she is being accused of murdering her own husband whereas there has been no such accusation made anywhere by any member of the Lulu-Briggs family.

According to him, all the family has been asking Seinye Lulu-Briggs till date is to release the remains of their son, brother, father and grandfather to the family so they can plan a proper burial for him as the customs requires in Kalabari kingdom.

“Rather resorting to cheap blackmail, Seinye Lulu-Briggs should respect the memory of the man she called her loving husband and stop bringing his mortal remains to public ridicule”

“its important to note that contrary to claims by Seinye Lulu Briggs in one of her applications before a Ghana High Court, that the deceased and his children are estranged since 2004, there are proof that at no time did the deceased or any of his children become estranged except in the imaginary mind of Seinye Lulu-Briggs”

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