On Monday, Justice Christopher Balogun of the Ikeja High Court explained why he issued an order prohibiting the release of the corpse of Rear Adm. Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd) to his family for burial.
The deceased was a former Military Administrator of Lagos and Imo states who passed away recently.
Balogun had issued an order on October 7 directing the Nigerian Navy not to release the body of the former Lagos Military Administrator until the court had otherwise ordered it to be released. Mr Gladys Kanu, one of the deceased’s wives, had filed a wrongful death suit against the deceased’s children, the Nigerian Navy, and her cowife and the court had issued the order during the hearing.
Specifically, the plaintiff is requesting that a court order be issued directing the respondents and their agents or privies not to threaten her and to allow her to properly prepare for the burial scheduled for Friday, October 15.
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Kelly Kanu, the Nigerian Navy, Simone Abiona (nee Kanu), Andrey Joe-Ezigbo (nee Kanu), Paul Ndidiamaka Kanu, and Karen Johnson are the defendants in the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are: (nee Kanu).
Jeffery Kanu, Laura Kanu, Stephen Kanu, and Josephine Ndubuisi-Kanu are some of the others (wife).
After explaining that he issued the order to protect the corpse from being tampered with, the judge speculated that the tampering could be a result of the fallout from the Kanu family feud.
To ensure that no one tampers with the body, which is to be interred this Saturday, this is being done for the protection of the body itself.
“There will be no change in the date of the burial, but we will be protecting the body during this time.”
There will be no intermeddlers or interlopers, and there will be no one going to the Nigerian Navy and claiming they were told to come and collect the body, and we will not see the body of our dear former Governor any longer,” he said.
“It is a Protective Order,” says the judge. If this controversy continues and there is no proper cohesion among the lawyers representing both parties, there will be some confusion in Abia State regarding the date of the burial, as I previously stated.
In my direction, all of the counsel presents agreed that it was sound advice.
According to Balogun, he is concerned about whether the body of our former governor will be given a proper burial and that no one should tamper with the body. Some of the final burial rites for the former Lagos Military Administrator, which are scheduled to take place outside of Lagos, will take place between October 13 and October 15 in Imo and Abia.
As of the time of this report’s publication the family and their attorneys are in court attempting to resolve a disagreement over the deceased’s burial arrangements.
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