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.
City Businessman, Kenny Duyile, Cooking Something New
For some time now, man of many parts Chief Kenny DUYILE seems to have been off the social circle radar that made many quibbling minds to be wondering what was happening around him.
His avoidance of the klieg lights for some time now we gathered has nothing to do with a dwindling fortune or influence., but a deliberate move for him to concentrate on a particular business project that has been taking up his time lately.
Unknown to many, the ONDO high Chief who is into various business interests ranging from, but not limited to Real Estate, Farming, Hospitality, Publishing, Oil and Gas has been swiftly and silently cooking something big that will see the sunshine state of Ondo becoming the hub of undiluted entertainment.
Industrious and very astute businessman , who is one of the privileged few that can boast of the ownership of the posh wonder on wheels Rolls Royce series from the 90s till date, has been investing heavily in what will become the talk of the town , not only in rocky town of Ondo but the entire country Nigeria, because the vibration will be heard loud and clear when it eventually birth .
Those who know believe that this new project will be a bang because Chief Kenny is not known to doing his things in small measures
For the records ,Chief Kenny DUYILE, was the brain behind the then talk of the town society journal, Celebrity Mirror and also wave making hospitality haven , Rockview Hotels that are majorly located in the southwest of the country.
Resident doctors threaten to embark on indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1
There was palpable fear after Members of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) threatens to embark on an indefinite strike on Thursday, April 1.
The body disclosed (NARD) that the strike will be coming on the heels of the expiration of the 60-day ultimatum given to the Federal Government on January 25 for the payment of arrears of salaries of house officers across the country and the review of hazard allowance, among other demands. According to members of the association, since the pandemic began in 2020, it has lost 17 doctors, whose families and loved ones are yet to benefit from the Death in Service Insurance Scheme.
According to a statement released in Abuja by the President of NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, after NARD’s extra-ordinary National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Sunday, March 28, reads in part
“The NEC observed that her earlier ultimatum given to the Federal Government during the January 2021 NEC meeting in Owerri will expire by 12 midnight on the 31st of March 2021 with no significant achievement.
The NEC reiterated her full support for the Central Placement of House Officers. Nevertheless, they decried the agony our members have been made to pass through for three months now without salaries despite uninterrupted service delivery to the nation.
This is due to the inefficiency of the Registrar of MDCN in handling the processes of central placement of House Officers as approved by the Federal Executive Council since 2017.
The NEC bemoaned the suffering of some of our members in GIFMIS platform who have not been paid salaries for four months now due to delay in biometric capturing by IPPIS department.
They lamented the inhumane treatment being meted on our members in some State Tertiary Institutions like ABSUTH being owed twenty months salaries, IMSUTH five months salaries and UNIMEDTH three months salaries.
The NEC also observed that despite the three-month window given to the Federal Government to review the hazard allowance of health workers, the hazard allowance has remained a paltry sum of five thousand naira monthly.
The NEC noted that despite the efforts of NARD, the erroneously paid 2020 Medical Residency Training Fund (MRTF) to non-resident Doctors is yet to be addressed. Also, the 2019, some of 2020 and 2021 MRIF are yet to be paid.”
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