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Judge explains order restraining navy from releasing Ndubuisi Kanu’s corpse

Judge explains order restraining navy from releasing Ndubuisi Kanu’s corpse
October 11
21:28 2021

Christopher Balogun, judge of an Ikeja high court, says he ordered the Nigerian Navy not to release the corpse of Ndubuisi Kanu, a retired rear admiral and pro-democracy advocate, in order to prevent the corpse from being tampered with.


Kanu, who was a former military administrator of Lagos, died on January 13, 2021, at the age of 77.

According to NAN, the family and their lawyers were in court over a dispute concerning the deceased’s burial arrangements.

The judge had, on October 7, given an order that the navy should not release Kanu’s corpse until otherwise directed, following a suit filed by Gladys Kanu, one of the wives of the deceased, against Kanu’s children, the Nigerian Navy and her co-wife.


“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,” the judge said.

“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 and 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-governor 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.


“I gave a direction and all counsel present said that it was a good advice. I am concerned that the body of our ex-governor is given a befitting burial, so no one should tamper with the body.”

However, in a fresh ruling on Monday, the court ordered the Nigerian Navy to convey Kanu’s body from Lagos to Imo and hand the corpse over to the state government prior to the burial.

The judge also said the interment originally slated for October 16 will now take place on October 15 due to security concerns.

“The Nigerian Navy shall prepare the corpse in full regalia of a rear admiral and shall fly and carry his remains from the military mortuary in Ojo, Lagos on Wednesday, 13th October, and proceed to the Muritala Mohammed International Airport,” he said.


“The remains shall be flown to the Sam Mbakwe International Airport, Owerri, Imo state, where the body will be identified by the ‘Ada’ of the family. It shall then proceed to the government house to be received by the Imo state governor and the wives and family of the late rear admiral and people of Imo state.”

The judge also said the corpse would thereafter be taken for the lying-in-state at the government house chapel and must be kept “intact” at the government house hospital morgue in Owerri, Imo, in the custody of the Imo state government, before it is moved to Abia for a state burial.

“It is noted that the respective parties — the wives, the first son, the ‘Ada’ and all the other children — shall be entitled to participate jointly in the burial rites of their late husband and father. All traditional rites shall be performed accordingly. It is now also ordered that all the parties are bound to keep the peace,” he added.



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