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Ndubuisi Kanu: Court orders Nigerian Navy, Imo, Abia govts to conduct burial

By Moji Eniola

An Ikeja High Court on Monday ordered the Nigerian Navy to transport the body of the late retired Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu from Lagos to Imo and hand it over to the state government before burial.

The late Kanu, a former military administrator of Lagos and Imo states, died in Lagos on January 13 at the age of 77 from complications from COVID-19.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that Gladys, one of the deceased’s two wives, had dragged other members of the Kanu family and the Nigerian Navy to court to find out how her funeral rites were to be performed.

The plaintiff had requested a court order ordering the respondents, their agents or relatives not to threaten her and to allow her to prepare well for the funeral scheduled for October 15.

The respondents to the lawsuit are; Kelly Kanu, Nigerian Navy, Simone Abiona (Nee Kanu), Andrey Joe-Ezigbo (née Kanu), Paul Ndidiamaka Kanu and Karen Johnson (Nee Kanu). The others are Jeffery Kanu, Laura Kanu, Stephen Kanu and Josephine Ndubuisi-Kanu (wife).

In a ruling, Judge Christopher Balogun said to ensure the safety of the corpse, the body should be transported to the southeast by the Nigerian Navy where it will be handed over to government officials.

He said the burial originally scheduled for October 16 would no longer take place that day but on October 15.

This, according to Balogun, is due to security concerns emanating from the Convention of the Congress of All Peoples (CPA) which is to take place in the southeast.

“After listening to all parties – the wives and children who personally attended the court today and hearing from the elders of the community of Ovim, this court is in the interest of all parties and the safety and The Safety of the Corpse of the Late Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, hereby orders the following:

“That the Nigerian navy officials ensure a burial worthy of the late Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu with his wives and all his children on October 15, 2021.

“The Nigerian Navy must ensure that the body of the late Rear Admiral is secure and protected before and during the burial.

“The Nigerian Navy will prepare the fully-dressed corpse of a Rear Admiral and steal and transport his remains from the military mortuary in Ojo, Lagos on Wednesday, October 13, and travel to Muritala Mohammed International Airport.

“The remains will be airlifted to Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri, Imo State, where the body will be identified by the family ‘Ada’.

“He will then go to the seat of government to be received by the governor of Imo state, the wives and family of the late rear admiral and the residents of Imo state,” he said. declared.

The judge ordered that the body then be taken for burial in the Chapel of Government House and then kept “intact” at Government House Hospital Morgue Owerri, Imo for security reasons and in government custody. of Imo State. .

Balogun said the body would then be transferred to Abia for a full burial.

“It is noted that the respective parties – the wives, the first son, the ‘Ada’ and all other children will have the right to jointly participate in the funeral rites of their late husband and father.

“Any traditional will be executed accordingly. It is now also ordered that all parties be bound to keep the peace, ”he said.

The case was adjourned until November 15 for mention.

Source: NAN

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