When www.towncrier.ng called Dumo O.B Lulu-Briggs on Monday 22, 2019, he never picked his calls and when sms text messages were severally sent to him for confirmation of the autopsy report from Accra Ghana he never replied too. But in his reaction to the subject matter as published by Rivers state owned newspaper The TIDE of Monday 22, July 2019 Chief Dumo said “You will soon read our full account and the fallacies contained in every statement made by Seinye Peterba Lulu-Briggs since the death of our father. Even in the Ghana Police are shocked at how she breached their security and took over the corpse of our father. Her initial statement was that when they arrived Accra, my father asked them what the time was and they told him, after which they all came out of the chartered aircraft, the captain even came down, shook hands with everyone including my father and bade them goodbye”
Continuing in an emotion laden countenance as envisaged Dumo O.B lulu-Briggs said “now, in an action which she instituted in the High Court in Ghana asking the court to give her custody of the mortal remains of our late father and not anybody else, she stated that when they arrived Accra on board the chartered aircraft, they realized that our father High (Chief) Dr. O.B Lulu-Briggs was still and completely motionless. The Ghana Police are shocked at how they got the deceased out of Accra airport to deposit in a funeral place inside Accra without reporting the matter to the Police and there is no record of such incident either with immigration, airport authorities or the Police. On that score, the Ghana Police ordered an inquest as the case was one that qualifies for an inquest and an autopsy automatically under Ghanaian Laws.
“The police obtained an Order from the Coroner’s Court to conduct an autopsy last Friday, 12th of July, 2019 but Seinye went to Court to file a motion for injunction that the body should not be released to anybody and the Transitions Home, where she deposited our father’s mortal remains, would not, based on the filled Motion, release the body even to the Police. Following all the bizarre drama by a widow who should want the truth established the Ghana Police met with all parties on Monday 15th July, 2019, where the Police stated in clear terms and agreed by all the parties, ourselves and our lawyers, Seinye and her lawyers that the autopsy would be done and tissue samples would be taken for the Police and ourselves and Seinye, that the autopsy shall be conducted at the Military Hospital by Col. (Dr.) Attoh.
Curiously, one Dr. Lawrence Adusei of the Korle-Bu Hospital, an entirely different hospital and a Pathologist who is unknown even to the Police as far as the inquest autopsy of High Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs is concerned, gets involved and actually performs the autopsy, in the course of which he sends out and prevents the Nigerian Police Pathologist AIG (Prof.) Akhiwu and the Ghana Police Pathologist from even observing the autopsy when the autopsy is as a result of an inquest, a serious Police investigation involving the Nigerian Police, Ghana Police and the Interpol. To make matters worse, despite repeated demands for tissue samples by my Pathologist, Dr. Francis Faduliye, no samples were given to the parties for toxicology and histology tests.
In response to calls by my lawyers, she gave them the assurance that the Police would have nothing to do with that autopsy as it ran afoul of all Ghana Police instructions and even a consent Order of the High Court in Ghana for samples to be given to the parties. That is comforting and may god continue to bless and reward every Police officer who works to strengthen the hand of justice even as we shall appeal for an investigation into what happened and demand an unquestionable autopsy.
“I wonder what statement she made to the Police on how she kept, on the 27th of December, 2018, her husband whom she claimed to have loved inside of a chartered aircraft together with herself and allies for more than five hours at the Port Harcourt International Airport, with the aircraft doors shut, none going in or coming out? She claims the aircraft didn’t have o landing permit to land in Accra! Really? So, what was vista charter Services doing, carrying passengers into their aircraft and keeping them locked in for more than five hours if they didn’t have landing permit to take them? Our father who was 88 years old at the time, and with a tracheotomy tube inserted, would be kept in an aircraft with artificial air for upwards of six hours, including the eventual flying time of about an hour to Accra from Port Harcourt with no suction in all that time only for her to later state that as they arrived Accra, they realized our father was immobile.
“Well, by the grace of God, all of us shall, led by myself, the chief mourner, give a very befitting burial to our father and husband even as Police investigation continue. Seinye is on Police bail at the moment and she is always very welcome to perform her roles as wife under Kalabari native law and custom. No one can deny her that. May God keep us”.
The death of High Chief O.B Lulu-Briggs in Ghana has raised much controversy in the O.B Lulu-Briggs family as for over 8months his burial has been stalled.