By Sotonye Dagogo
Re: https://www.pmnewsnigeria.com/2019/10/18/seinye-lulu-briggs-media-trial-facts-vs-fiction/ By Oraye St. Franklyn
One can only laugh at the level of amusement caused by the writers imagination and belief that he can twist facts of a simple matter as to mystery surrounding the demise of High Chief Olu-Benson Lulu-Briggs who was reported dead in December 2018 on Ghanaian soil as claimed by the deceased’s wife Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs.
Mr Oraye St. Franklyn who has been recently hired by Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs to do the dirty job of misinforming the public and paint High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the person stopping the burial of his late father in his imaginative fictional write up said thus:
“The Ghanaian Police carried out the said order and has conducted an autopsy. The preliminary report of that autopsy was that the deceased was not murdered but died of Cardiac Arrest. However, the full Autopsy report including the Toxicology report is being awaited.”
It is indeed amusing that same Ghanaian Police he claims had already carried out the order for an autopsy is the same Ghanaian Police who wrote to the Coroners Court in Ghana asking for inquest into the death of the deceased High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs.
If that is the true position of things then why is his principal Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs doing everything within her powers to stop the coroners inquest into the death of her husband if she has nothing to hide.
See attached a copy of the order from the coroners court which debunks the lies being peddled by Mr Oraye St. Franklyn on behalf of his principal.
On the order of the Coroners court in Ghana, the court ordered thus:
- 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.
- 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 as Mr Oraye St. Franklyn claimed in his fictional story, carried out an autopsy, why is the report not before the Coroners Court since July 2019 till date?
Facts of the matter:
Mrs 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.
Mrs 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?
Why did the pilot/captain of the aircraft, refer to the deceased as “cargo” instead of passenger when he asked his other passenger, Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs, if 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 Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs is afraid of that it may be found out?
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?
Mrs 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 Mrs 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 and is the same person through Mr Oraye St. Franklyn, is 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, Mrs 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. Nothing more.
A date was set for a ruling by a vacation judge in Ghana High Court for September 6, 2019 and on the set date, Mrs 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.
It is clear that High Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is not accusing Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs of anything yet but as the popular saying goes, “the evil doer runneth when no one pursueth”.
Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs 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. All the family has been asking Mrs 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 than resorting to cheap blackmail via spokespersons like Mr Oraye St. Franklyn, Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs should respect the memory of the man she called her loving husband and stop bringing
his mortal remains to public ridicule because she wants to hide something.
Also it is important to note that contrary to claims by Mrs 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 Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs.
Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs, instead of employing these feeble tactics and purchasing of yeomen to spin tales on her behalf, should respect customs and traditions and respect the memory of her late husband and release the mortal remains to the family so the man can finally rest in peace.
It looks like Oraye St. Franklyn Esq. has settled into his new job as Spokesman for Mrs. Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs and has as of 18th October, 2019, published a response to the Graphic Online report on Mrs. Lulu-Briggs’ challenge of the Order for an Inquest granted by the Kaneshie Magistrates Court.
The said response is however fraught with presumptions and inaccuracies, and is unfortunate to say the least because the whole article was about putting out facts.
First of all he “presumes” that https://www.graphic.com.gh/, the online portal for Ghana’s national newspaper is a “Ghanaian online tabloid”, and this is disrespectful to the Ghanaian media, which he obviously has little regard for. Also, he seems to think that an autopsy is the only basis for an inquest into the suspicious death of a person under the Coroners Act, 1960 (Act 18) and goes to great lengths to conclude that the autopsy was conclusive on the cause of death of a High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, when there has not been an inquest as legally required, to determine the cause of death.
Secondly, he says that the Kaneshie District Magistrate Court lacks the jurisdiction to order an inquest on the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs because matter is before a High Court in Ghana. The Coroner’s inquest is within the exclusive jurisdiction of the District Magistrate court as conferred by Act 18 and no other higher court for that matter. Oraye St. Franklyn Esq has 1obviously not apprised himself of the contents of Act 18 and yet speaks about it as if he was so knowledgeable, which is again unfortunate.
Thirdly, the matter in the High Court in Ghana is NOT an inquest into the cause of death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs. It is a matter concerning the rightful person to take the mortal remains of the High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs for burial. In the said case before the High Court, commenced by Mrs.
Lulu-Briggs, she is claiming that the mortal remains of her husband should be given to her, which assertion is contrary to the customs and tradition of the people of the Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, Nigeria. She has further filed a motion for injunction to restrain anyone, particularly the Chief of the Family, from taking the mortal remains of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs for burial apart from her. It is these court cases instituted by Mrs. Lulu-Briggs that have delayed the burial of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs. Inspite, of her actions, her recently appointed Spokesman maintains that “The accusation that she …. is unwilling to release it [the body of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs] for interment is untrue.” Interestingly, Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs has further challenged the
constitutionality (compliance with the Ghanaian Constitution) of the said customs and tradition of the people of Kalabari Kingdom of Rivers State, Nigeria in the Supreme Court of Ghana, much to the
chagrin of the Kalabari people.
Fourthly, Oraye St. Franklyn Esq. published information about the conduct of the autopsy, which are manifestly false. He said that the “other two pathologists were from the Ghanaian Police”, when it is
trite knowledge that the Ghana Police Pathologist, Dr. Osei Owusu-Afriyie and the Nigerian Police Pathologist were denied access to the autopsy theatre by Dr. Lawrence Adusei. And were not present at the autopsy. Also, there was no “Ghanaian Prof. Akosua B. Domfeh of the Yale University School of Medicine” present at the autopsy as Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ second pathologist. Perhaps, Oraye St. Franklyn Esq. has not had the chance to get a proper briefing from his client or read about this matter, before penning the publication which he has put out in the Nigerian media. Or perhaps this is all deliberate.
The major issue arising out of the publication is the erroneous suggestion that the Order for an Inquest granted by Her Worship Mrs. E.K. Barnes-Botchway is a predetermination of the cause of death of the High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, when the Order only signifies the commencement of the enquiry into the cause of the death. Perhaps a little refresher on the legal requirements for an inquest is necessary for Oraye St. Franklyn Esq., who is himself a lawyer. The learned judge ordered that the autopsy report be submitted to her so that she can, along with other circumstantial evidence which had been presented to her by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs in his Affidavit, determine the proper cause of death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs. The determination by the learned judge that the deceased had died an unnatural death is only a preliminary determination, much like determining that a prima facie case had been established, for the inquest to commence. The learned judge is about to start the conduct an evidentiary hearing in the matter to settle the issue of the cause of death. It unclear at this moment, why the Order for the Inquest has cause such fear and panic to Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs.
Curiously, the publication refers to a preliminary report on the autopsy. This report has however not been shared with the Ghana Police, the court or the family of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, and seems to be in the bosom of Mrs. Lulu-Briggs. Or perhaps, she is the author of the said preliminary report on the autopsy, same as she authored the purported Will of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs.
What is even more curious is that the widow of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, who was one of ten persons on the fatal and last journey of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, is the only person who seems to
have a problem with the enquiry into the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs. The rest of the persons have been silent, perhaps because they have nothing to hide. One would think that the widow would embrace the opportunity for an evidentiary hearing in the matter, so that she can be possibly vindicated and the matter can be laid to rest, once for all time, but alas not. Her actions since her husband died, have defied all reason, and have formed the basis for the request for an
inquest into the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs. There are abundant contradictions in the various statements she has made to the family of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, the Nigerian Police, and in documents filed in the Ghanaian courts. She has left no doubt in the minds of right thinking members of society that there are questions to be answered regarding the circumstances and death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, and those questions can only be answered by law, in a Coroners
Inquest. Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs deprived the family of her deceased husband the right to know the true circumstances of his death in December 2018, when he died and she continues, almost a year after his death, to fight every rightful attempt by the family led by the Chief of the Family, to look into the matter, including alleging bias against 2 honourable members of the Ghanaian judiciary. She continues to also hold the mortal remains of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs hostage with her various
applications to the courts of Ghana, currently numbering five (5), which have denied the Chief of the Family the right to set a date for the laying to rest of the mortal remains of their dear patriarch, at his hometown.
It looks like the events leading to the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs on that fateful December day, have caught up with people involved. The report of the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, which was required to be made by the widow, to the Ghana Police on the death of her husband
outside of a medical facility, and which report was not made because Mrs Lulu-Briggs feared that an inquest would be made into his death, has been eventually made by the Ghana Police to the Coroner, after 6 months of the occurrence of the death. Finally the true circumstances surrounding the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs will be known, in order that his family can get some closure. Perhaps, High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, who was himself a defender of the rights of persons, and the Christian faith while he was alive, is fighting his own killers, even after his death.
Oraye St. Franklyn Esq, in his frenzy and zeal to please his new boss , wrote all manner of lies against the Ghana Coroners Court through the respected Nigerian newspaper Guardian Nigeria newspapers