Widow of late Nigerian industrialist, nationalist and philanthropist, High Chief Dr. O. B. Lulu-Briggs, Dr. Seinye Lulu-Briggs on Tuesday accused her stepson, Mr. Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chairman of Platform Petroleum, of illegally moving his father’s body to an unknown location.
According to the widow, Dumo’s action negates the December 23, 2019 judgment of the High Court of Ghana, which was also upheld by the Supreme Court of Ghana ruled on preconditions that must be met before the body of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs is released for burial
However, Seinye in a statement released her spokesman, Oraye St. Franklyn, urges his stepson hopes that her stepson who has illegally removed the body of her husband would fix the burial date for his father and allow him the rest that he rightfully deserves.
Her statement in full, “In flagrant violation of the December 23, 2019 ruling of a Ghana High Court and in total disregard for the rule of law, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs has today unilaterally taken his father’s body and conveyed same to a location not known to the family, the widow of the deceased, Dr. (Mrs) Seinye Lulu Briggs has announced.
“The December 23, 2019 judgment of the High Court of Ghana, which was also upheld by the Supreme Court of Ghana ruled on preconditions that must be met before the body of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs is released for burial. One of the preconditions was that the widow, Dr. Mrs Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs would have two representatives while the body of her husband is being conveyed for burial. Sadly that was not done. Apart from two of his siblings, Senibo and Sofiri, other members of the family were neither notified nor involved as ordered by the Court, while he took away the body of their father. The High Chief acknowledged that he had seven children. Incidentally, four of them now have no knowledge of the whereabouts of their father’s body.
“A letter written by Dr. Mrs Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs on the 13th of February 2020 requesting the definite date for the repatriation of the body of the Deceased, the identity of the delegation of the Deceased’s family as defined by custom, the destination funeral home in Nigeria where the body will be stored pending burial and the transportation arrangements for the repatriation of the body was never responded to.
“Mrs. Lulu-Briggs wonders why men who humiliated, tried to take over his company and imprison her husband would now be so interested in his body especially after Dumo had demanded that he be given tissue samples from his father’s body, the refusal by the Military pathologists caused him to insist on a second autopsy on his father.
“Notwithstanding the fact that the other children of the High Chief do not know where the body of their father is, Dr. Mrs. Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs hopes that her stepson who has illegally removed the body of her husband would fix the burial date for his father and allow him the rest that he rightfully deserves.”
Meanwhile, in a statement on Wednesday, Dumo denied that he didn’t move his father’s body to an unknown location, he confirmed that his father’s body has been released.
“Consequently, the mortuary has released the mortal remains of High Chief Dr O. B. Lulu-Briggs to the family led by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, as ordered by the High Court on December, 23, 2019 and upheld by the Supreme Court of Ghana on February, 11, 2020,” the statement read.