On Monday, Judge Christopher Balogun of an Ikeja High Court in Lagos spoke on why he ordered that the body of Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (retired) not be released to his family for the funeral.
The deceased was a military administrator for the states of Lagos and Imo.
LagosPost had earlier reported that on October 7, Judge Balogun ordered the Nigerian Navy not to release the body of the former Lagos military administrator until the court issued a different order.
The judge issued the order in the trial of one of the deceased’s wives, Mrs Gladys Kanu, against the deceased’s children, the Nigerian Navy and co-wife.
The plaintiff seeks an order for the court to order the defendants, their agents or privies not to threaten her and to allow her to properly prepare for the funeral scheduled for Friday, October 15.
Defendants are: Kelly Kanu, Nigerian Navy, Simone Abiona (nee Kanu), Andrey Joe-Ezigbo (nee Kanu), Paul Ndidiamaka Kanu and Karen Johnson (nee Kanu). Others are Jeffery Kanu, Laura Kanu, Stephen Kanu, and Josephine Ndubuisi Kanu (wife).
The judge said that he had ordered that the body be protected from any manipulation that could be attributed to the aftermath of the Kanu family dispute.
“It is for the protection of the body itself so that no one goes to tamper with that body which is to be buried this Saturday.
“There is not going to be any change of date of that burial, but we are protecting the body.
“That is the only order I gave so that there will be no intermeddlers and interlopers going to the Nigerian Navy and saying they were told to come and collect the body and we do not see the body of our dear ex-military administrator any longer.
“It is a Protective Order. I also said that if this controversy lingers and there is no proper cohesion among the lawyers to the parties, it will cause some confusion in Abia State on the date of the burial.”