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Court orders Navy not to release Ndubuisi Kanu’s body for funeral

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Late Rear Admiral Kanu Ndubuisi

A Lagos high court in Ikeja yesterday ordered the Nigerian Navy not to hand over the body of the late former Lagos State Governor Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu for the funeral until ordered.

While the funeral ceremony of the deceased military administrator continues, members of his family argue in court about the right to participate in funeral rites.

The trial judge, C.A. Balogun, also warned the parties in the lawsuit of the second wife of the former governor, Chief Mrs Gladys Ndubuisi Kanu, not to make fun of the deceased.

The Claimant, Mrs Gladys, filed the complaint marked LD / 3685FPM / 2021 through her attorney, Mr C.J. Jiakponna, asking the court to allow her to attend the funeral rites of the late former governor.

The plaintiff seeks to order the court to instruct the defendant and their agents not to threaten her but to allow her properly prepare for the funeral scheduled for next week Saturday.

The respondents in the suit are Kelly Ndubuisi, Nigerian Navy, Simone Nenna Abiona (nee Kanu), Andrey Joe-Ezigbo, Paul Ndidiamaka Kanu, Karen Johnson (nee Kanu), Jeffery Alozie Kanu, Laura Ndubuisi-Kanu, Stephen Ndubuisi Kanu and Josephine Ndubuisi Kanu as first to 10th respondents respectively.

When the case was called yesterday, the plaintiff’s attorney notified the court of an order from another judge, Judge B. Candide-Johnson, who ordered all parties to the lawsuit to maintain the status quo and also instructed the plaintiff to provide the names of the defendants in a suit.

The court also agreed, with the consent of all the lawyers, that the funeral would take place on October 16, 2021.

The first, third to ninth lawyers for the defendants, Mr Tomilade Shodimu, informed the court that the matter was a pending trial. He said the judge instructed the lawyers to advise their clients to maintain peace.

Counsel for the fourth and tenth defendants, Mr Grant Onwuka and Mr Ijewere Ikenna, respectively, confirmed Mr Shodimu’s presentation and concluded that they had filed their preliminary appeals against the lawsuit.

Judge Balogun, however, warned the parties to keep the peace and ordered the lawyers in the lawsuit to regulate their proceedings.

The court also instructed the Nigerian Navy attorney, Mr Ikenna, who confirmed that they had the body of the deceased, not to hand it over to anyone.

“The right thing to do is to allow justice to prevail. The Navy must not release the body of the deceased for now. We must ensure that we don’t make a mockery of an ex-governor. There is no need for that,” he instructed and adjourned the matter till Monday, October 11.

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