At 88, Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, a billionaire businessman and founder of Moni Pulo Limited, could be said to have really lived up to an advanced age.
Even as he lay supine on a sofa in his palatial mansion in Abonema on December 26, 2018, everyone around him still prayed God to grant him speedy recovery.
In fact, even as he had lost his tongue, his children who were keeping watch over him still wished he could survive the debilitating ailment, so he could enjoy more the fruits of his labour.
But that was not to be! Barely 24 hours after, his children who were still reveling in the Yuletide mood and were looking forward to the dawn of a new year, 2019, had received the shattering the news of the sudden death of their octogenarian father in a very strange circumstance from the most unexpected quarter, so to say.
The grim news, which was allegedly disrespectfully conveyed by his wife, Seinye, from Accra in Ghana, had provoked a barrage of questions about the circumstances leading to the death of Lulu-Briggs, who was an oil and gas mogul.
To the family, Seinye, whom they described as a harbinger of bad news, has a lot of questions to answer.
It would have been a different story if the family was probably watching this scenario play out in a Nollywood home movie. But the tragic drama is never from the imagination of any creative Nollywood playwright.
Consequently, the family members have staunchly refused to allow their voices to be lost in the din of alleged claims by Seinye on the cause of the death of her husband.
Family sources, who spoke exclusively with us, urged the law enforcement agencies to do their best to unravel the secrets behind the death of their patriarch, adding that his wife must be called to account.
According to them, Seinye has been economical with the truth about the death of Lulu-Briggs. One of her sins, according the family, is that she failed to inform any of the children about her trip to Ghana in company with the obviously ailing billionaire.
“Seinye has a case to answer on why she embarked on the journey without informing any of the children even though we were together on 26th of December in Abonema residence.
“We were together on the night of the Boxing Day. Our father was lying on a sofa and was unable to talk to any of us. Though Dumo, who was then campaigning for his gubernatorial election found his way to his father’s house that day, they exchanged no word. He appeared so tired.
“So, we were all surprised when the woman later called from Accra on the night of December 27, claiming that our father had gone to rest.’’
The sources further wondered why the chattered flight in which ailing Lulu-Briggs flew in was delayed for over five hours at the Port-Harcourt Airport before flying to Ghana.
It was further alleged that a popular Port-Harcourt, River-based cleric, Rev. Zilly Aggrey of Royal House of Grace Church, was on board the flight on that fateful day. But Aggrey, another source said, initially feigned ignorance until he was confronted with their findings.
Speaking with www.crystal.com.ng the source said: “The popular Pastor was on the journey with the woman to Accra.
“But the Pastor, who is supposed to be friends with Dumo failed to confide in him, even when he had the opportunity to do so on four different occasions.
“But when Dumo confronted him with the flight manifest, he owned up, claiming that he was called on the morning of December 27, by Seinye who begged her to follow her to Accra.
“He said obliged her request as her spiritual father.”
Seinye, it was further alleged, also failed to inform the family that a doctor at an Accra clinic, simply identified as Kilean, confirmed that Lulu-briggs had died before the plane landed at the airport.
“Shortly after his death was announced, she started acting in isolation, a situation that defiles the Abonema tradition,” the source added.
The family is further riled by the fact that Seinye had allegedly unilaterally fixed January 24, for the burial without consulting any of the deceased’s kinsmen and the children.
According to a source, “She wanted to bury our late father in a hurry without carrying us along.
“Even the April, 2019 date that was announced was without our knowledge. We were supposed to hold a meeting, but she sent a message to the elders of our community that April had been fixed for the burial without first informing his children.”
Seinye allegedly kicked against every move by one of his children, Dumo, to carry out an autopsy on the deceased, as she filed a suit to stop the order of the Kaneshie District Magistrates’ Court in Ghana for an inquest into the death of her husband11 months after.
The Magistrate, E. K Barnes–Botchway, reportedly held that she had cause to believe that the deceased did not die naturally.
But in her suit before the Ghana High Court, Seinye argued that the Magistrate lacked the jurisdiction to order the inquest, saying her late husband’s death happened outside the Accra metropolitan district where the court sits.
Undeterred by her resolve to engage in a legal battle, the family insists on the release of the body of the late businessman, so that a proper autopsy can be conducted.
“All this is necessary for us to give him a befitting burial.
“Even if it takes years, we must get to the root of his death,” said a family source.
It was even gathered that the woman has always fights whoever tried to intervene in matter. “Even the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, was embarrassed by her unruly behaviour when he called the family for a meeting”. Our source added.
Emir Of Gaya, Alhaji Abdulkadir Is Dead
The Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir, is dead. He died on Wednesday morning after a brief illness.
Bashir Ahmad, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed the monarch’s death in a Facebook post.
“As announced by Abubakar Aminu Ibrahim, the SSA on New Media to the Governor of Kano State, our Amir, the Emir of Gaya Emirate, Alhaji (Dr.) Ibrahim Abdulkadir is dead, ‘Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un’! Bashir wrote.
“The Emir was a great leader, he was born in 1930, 91 years ago, and had been on the throne for more than 30 years.
“May Allah (SWT) accept his good deeds, grant him Jannah Al-Firdaus, and grant his family and the entire Gaya Emirate the fortitude to bear this great loss. Ameen!” he wrote further.
Alhaji Abdulkadir is among the emirs installed by the governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in 2019, after he split the Kano Emirate into five. The new emirates are Gaya, Rano, Bichi and Karaye.
His death follows that of the Emir of Rano, Abubakar Illa Tafida, who died on May 2, 2020.
King Sunny Ade Losses Wife, Risikat Ajoke Adegeye
Honorable Risikat Ajoke Adegeye, a former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, and wife of the legendary musician, King Sunny Ade, is dead.
According to a statement released on behalf of the family by George Folarin Olawande, Adegeye died in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness.
The cause of death is unknown at the time of this reporting but it was stated that further information concerning her burial will be communicated to the public in due time.
The statement reads in part: “We wish to formally inform, friends, well-wishers, political associates, and the general public that Hon. Risikat Ajoke Adegeye passed on after a brief illness during the early hours of Tuesday, 21st September 2021.
“Hon. Risikat Ajoke Adegeye was an Honourable Member in the 6th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
“She will be greatly missed not only by her immediate family but also by her political associates and followers.
“Further information in respect to her burial ceremony will be announced later after extensive consultations with the family.
“Thank you as we pray that she continues to rest peacefully and eternally with the Almighty God.”
Olugbo Of Ugbo, Oba Akinruntan Hosts Second Edition Of Turf Federation Games
In a bid to foster continuous unity among Nigerians at a time when Nigeria is struggling to remain united as an entity; members of the Turf Club Federation of Nigeria is doing everything within their capacity in line with its core values and mission statement in maintaining peace, stability and unity within Nigeria as they visited the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Dr. Fredrick Enitiolorunda Akinrutan OON at his palatial palace in Ode-Ugbo; Ilaje Ondo state last week on a courtesy visit and to show appreciation for the pivotal role he played in the maiden edition of its Turf games held in Bida; Niger state recently.
The delegation’s visit was to further commend Olugbo for finding time out of his tight itinerary to attend the maiden edition of the Turf game dedicated for horse lovers across the country where they converge under one umbrella to display cultural aesthetics among other things to further solidify Nigerians beyond the tribal narrative that is used to weaken our unity.
In the cause of the courtesy visit; members of the turf club through the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Sultan Muhammed Saad Abubakar III, disclosed their readiness to allow South-West Nigeria to host the sophomore edition which would be hosted within the kingdom of Olugbo and Kabiyesi Akinrutan as the host.
This information was contained via a duly signed letter, dated 10th of August which states that: “The federation has resolved to honor your majesty with the hosting rights of the 2nd edition of the prestigious National Horse Racing Derby in your kingdom; this will be the first of its kind to have horse lovers, jockeys owners and sports enthusiast hosted outside of Northern Nigeria”
After the parley; Olugbo’s cultural team displayed the rich Ugbo cultural heritage via songs, dance and its menu. Thereafter, members of the Turf Federation gifted Olugbo a horse as a sign of appreciation for his immense support for the sport and how he has worked assiduously to foster unity and peace within the country. A substantial date for the second edition to be hosted in Ugbo is yet to be announced but Kabiyesi disclosed that; after due consultation with stakeholders and chiefs within the kingdom; an appropriate time will be fixed so the whole kingdom will be in top gear to host visitors who would be coming for the event.
“We are willing to make the second edition an experience that would never be forgotten. We would make sure we put every necessary plan in place to make sure the event is successful. We will also make sure that everybody who attends will never forget in a hurry. We Ilaje people are accommodating and our sense of hospitality is unmatched. We are ready to host the tournament and i thank the members who found me worthy of such a great gesture. I appreciate you all. we will keep working creating a positive synergy to make sure Nigeria is stronger in Unity”. Oba Akinrutan disclosed
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