Don’t Mock The Dead, Court Tells Ndubuisi Kanu’s family

A Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has warned parties in the suit filed by Mrs Gladys Ndubuisi Kanu, wife of the late former governor of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubisi Kanu, not to make mockery of the deceased.

The trial judge, Justice J. Balogun also ordered the Nigerian Navy not to release the body of the deceased until court directed them to do so.

The plaintiff, Mrs Ndubuisi Kanu had instituted the suit delineated LD/3685FPM/2021 wherein she prayed the court through her counsel, Mr. C.J Jiakeonna to allow her to participate in the burial rites of the late former governor.

Plaintiff is seeking an order of the court to direct the respondents, their agents or privies not to threaten her and to be allowed to participate in the burial coming up next week Saturday.

The respondents in the suit are Kelly Ndubuisi, The 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 tenth respondent.

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When the case was called, claimant counsel told the court of the order made by the brother judge, Justice B. Candide-Johnson that directed all the parties in the suit to maintain status quo.

The court had also with the agreement of all counsel agreed that the burial should hold on October 16, 2021.

Counsel to the first, third to ninth defendants, Mr. Olarenwaju Shodimu told the court that the matter was fixed for hearing of all pending applications.

Lawyer representing the fourth and tenth defendants, Mr Grant Omwuka and Mr. Ijewere Ikenna affirmed the submission of Mr Shodimu, noting that they had filed their preliminary objections to the suit.

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The court also directed Navy counsel, Mr Ikenna who confirmed that the body of the deceased in their possession, not to release it to anybody.

“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 not, and ensure that we don’t make a mockery of an ex-governor. There is no need for that.”

The matter was thereafter adjourned till Monday, October 11, 2021.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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