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HIGH CHIEF (DR.) O. B. LULU-BRIGGS DEATH: MORE REVELATIONS IN GHANA

MP, Korle-Bu, Airport Clinic & Others In Trouble Over Nigerian Billionaire’s Bizarre Death

The fierce fight over the death and mortal remains of one of Nigeria’s prominent business moguls, philanthropist and statesmen, Chief Benson Lulu-Briggs, whose body is stuck in Ghana, and yet to be buried as a result of the quest to establish how he died, has taken an interesting turn with the name of Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, popping up.

The claim against the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region is that,  he had influenced a colleague medical doctor at the Airport Clinic by name; Killian Boampong-Konam, to declare the 88-year old Nigerian, as having died through natural means.

Kilian’s unprofessional conduct, is also now part of an international investigation, involving Ghana Police and Nigerian Police, as well as, Interpol, since it is not clear ,where Benson Lulu-Briggs, whose corpse is currently at the Transition Funeral Home Haatso, Accra, died.

His wife Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye Lulu-Brigg, had rushed the deceased in an ambulance belonging to the Airport Clinic from the tarmac of Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on  December 27, 2018, in an unconscious state from a chartered aircraft, which had flown the couple and others, including his private nurse to Ghana to celebrate Christmas with Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, but Chief Lulu-Briggs, could not get to his Trassaco Valley Estate home here in Ghana, as he was pronounced dead few hours later.

His three senior children namely; Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Senibo Lulu-Briggs, Sofiri-Lulu-Briggs, are not sure whether their beloved father, died in Nigeria before being put on the aircraft, or died on board the aircraft or died here in Ghana, as claimed by his widow.

They are also disputing “Cardiac Arrest” as the cause of death of their father, which was issued by Dr. Boampong-Konam, the Medical Director of the Airport Clinic.

Their suspicion over Benson Lulu-Briggs death, is reinforce by the fact that, officials at the Airport Clinic, including Dr. Boampong-Konam, did not report the case to the Airport Police before proceeding to issue a death certificate dated  December 28, 2018;  a day after pronouncing their father died.

Dr. Boampong-Konam, is said to have mentioned Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, New Patriotic Party  (NPP)MP for Ledzokuku Constituency to team of investigators from Ghana, Nigeria and Interpol, as the one who called him on phone and pushed him to declare Chief Lulu-Briggs, as having died from a natural cause and handed over the corpse to his widow.

Strangely, Dr. Boampong-Konam’s name on the death certificate is captured as Killian Boampong-Konadu, different from what Airport Clinic, has in their records.

Another strange thing is that, the death certificate was issued by Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital where Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye, is the Board Chairman, and there are suspicions he might have influenced the death certificate, using his connection to the nation’s premier hospital.

More bizarre, are report that last Thursday, a Pathologist again from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Lawrence Adusei, stormed the 37 Military Hospital to carry out an autopsy against a court directive, which asked a particular pathologist to do.

This has forced the High Chief, O.B. Lulu-Briggs’ three oldest sons, to finally break their silence, since their deceased father’s “untimely death upon arrival or before arrival at the Kotoka International Airport, Accra under bizarre circumstances”.

In an interview with the sons to hear their side of the story published by the stepmother, Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chief of the Lulu-Briggs family of the Abonema, Port Harcourt in the Rivers State of Nigeria told The Herald, that the family, had seen their father the day before his trip to Accra and he looked quite well.

They were not told that their stepmother had planned to bring their ailing father to Accra on a purported Christmas vacation. They also discovered that their father, in spite of being sick, was locked up in chartered aircraft together with some others persons, for five hours at the Port Harcourt Airport, under the pretext of waiting for a landing permit to travel to Accra.

“We had since found that there was indeed, a landing permit issued with estimated time of arrival put at 1pm, Ghana time”. The trip from Nigeria to Ghana is about 45 minutes, however, Dr. Boampong-Konam in a medical report mentioned that the 88-year late founder and chairman of Moni Pulo Limited, an oil exploration and production company, was brought to the Airport Clinic at 6:42pm and “was confirmed clinically dead at about 6:57pm” – some 15 minutes after arrival.

The family’s concern, has been that their stepmother surreptitiously travelled with their deceased father to Accra, without as much a medical clearance to travel.

Also, after their stepmother realized that her husband had passed, upon arrival in Accra, she failed to report the matter to the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), or the Ghana Airports Authority Limited, and neither to airport police station for a Coroner’s inquest to be conducted as required by the laws of Ghana, considering that her husband, died outside of a medical facility.

Rather, she procured a medical cause of death certificate to be quickly issued, deposited the body of the deceased at Transitions Funeral Home and procured a permit to export the body of the deceased without the consent of the family of the deceased.

The family, considering that their stepmother, had a few years prior, withdrawn their father’s medication under the pretext that he had been healed, which led to their father being unable to speak or walk, were very worried about the behaviour of their step mother.

They were even more concerned when the widow, contrary to their native law and custom, refused to hand over the mortuary receipts and medical cause of the death certificate to the family, thus preventing the family of the deceased from taking the body, and had a memorial service for the deceased in Accra, without the consent of the family of the deceased.

The principal members of the family, reported the matter to the Nigeria police, who commenced an investigation into the circumstances of the death of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs.

The Nigerian Police Force, through Interpol, came to Ghana to seek the assistance of the Ghana Police Service, CID to investigate the death of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs.

The Ghana Police, obtained an order to conduct an autopsy on the deceased on Friday  July 12, 2019, which autopsy was frustrated by lawyers for the widow, Kimathi and Partners, as well as Transitions Funeral Home.

The Ghana police set another date for the autopsy and informed the parties at a meeting, which was subsequently confirmed by a letter dated July 15, 2019.

The contents of the letter issued by the Ghana Police, was to the effect that the autopsy would be done at 37 Military Hospital and among other things, that three sets of samples, would be taken from the deceased for further testing, each party (the police, the widow and the principal members of the family) getting one sample each.

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, following an application to the Court, the High Court, Accra presided over by Justice Eric Kyei Baffour, adopted the agreement of the parties as the Order of the Court, which said Order among other things, confirmed that three sets of samples for examination would be taken during the autopsy and the Police, shall take one sample, while the two parties would also take one each if so requested.

But contrary to the court order, in a rather bizarre twist of events, the autopsy was conducted by a certain Dr. Lawrence Adusei, an intruder, an interloper, instead of the named Col. (Dr.) Attoh.

The Herald is informed that Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa, a former Head of the Department of Pathology in the University of Ghana Medical School, was to present on behalf of the family, but felt restraint by Dr. Lawrence Adusei, famously remembered for carrying out the autopsy on the murdered MP JB Danquah, but failed to submit a report.

Again, Dr. Lawrence Adusei, in blatant disregard for the said Court Order, did not only refuse to take three (3) samples for examination, but also emphatically denied the parties’ request for a sample.

This means the autopsy was conducted in blatant breach of the aforesaid Court Order. The principal members of the family, have since petitioned the Director-General of the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, regarding the credibility of the autopsy.

The lawyer for the principal members of the family, Nana Agyei Baffour Awuah Esq., upon receiving the information that the widow was planning to take the corpse outside of Ghana, and outside the reach of the family members of the deceased, immediately after the autopsy, applied for an order of injunction restraining the widow from perpetrating such an unlawful action in Ghana.

The Herald’s information is that, the principal members of the family ,have reached out to the widow, through her lawyers, to resolve the issues, so that they can arrange to take the mortal remains of their late father and her husband, organise a befitting burial for him, as soon as possible, the response of the widow, has been two writs of summons and a motion for Injunction issued against the Chief of the family, and the older sons of the deceased.

The matter continues in the High Court, Accra to determine, who is the proper party, to take the body of the deceased for burial.

Meanwhile, the investigation of the Ghana Police Service, the Nigerian Police Force and Interpol, continues in order to establish the circumstances surrounding the death of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs.

When The Herald reached the CID boss, Maame YaaTiwaa Addo-Danquah, she confirmed the ongoing investigations.

She also revealed that she was waiting for the autopsy report from the pathologist. The CID boss again confirmed the family’s claim that Col. (Dr.) Attoh of the 37 Military Hospital, was to do the autopsy and not Dr. Lawrence Adusei of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

ABOUT MY FATHER’S DEATH, ALL WE DEMAND IS THE TRUTH.

To start with, there is no autopsy report yet. NONE WHATSOEVER.

So where my father’s wife got her report of no violent death must be that she knows what even the Nigeria Police, Ghana Police and Interpol does not know yet. That in itself should be subject of an investigation. Even the notorious interloper, Dr Lawrence Adusie has not tried to voice a comment since after the abracadabra. If my late father’s wife has knowledge of any autopsy report as I write, it must be one she authored because I have not seen any report. And by the way, that a death was unnatural does not necessarily mean it was violent. Isn’t someone trying, as usual, to be smart here? All the parties agreed and it formed part of a High Court of Ghana Consent Order that seven months after the death was hidden from the police in Ghana and the mortal remains of my father was deposited in a morgue in Accra, only laboratory tests run from tissue samples taken from the body could reveal a conclusive outcome. As such, samples must be given to the police in Nigeria and Ghana investigating the matter and also to the parties in the matter.. Unfortunately, an interloper took over the entire exercise, sent out both the Ghana and Nigeria police pathologists, thereby precluding them from even observing the autopsy in an investigation by the police, and refuses to take samples for the police nor give samples to the parties yet someone is pretending to be jubilating.

Now cause of death is one issue, place and time of death is another? Did our father die in Accra or he died in Nigeria? If he died in Nigeria, who kidnapped the corpse to Ghana? If, as my father’s wife now claim that as they arrived Accra aboard the charter aircraft they suddenly discovered that our father was completely motionless, did she alert the police? How was she able to get an ambulance to take the dead body out of the Accra airport without a record to the police, immigration or airport authorities in Accra, Ghana? Did she breach the security in Ghana and Nigeria? These are some of the issues.

Calling Chief Dumo O.B.Lulu-Briggs a bad name is just a distraction that can never hide or trump the issues. They can continue to be smart but the 99days for the thief is running out, the one day for the owner is just around the corner. The owner here is the law and it has a long arm.

In the over 5 hours she kept him at the PH International airport, inside an aircraft with the charter aircraft doors locked so that no one could go in or come out, what were they doing inside? He had a tracheostomy tube inserted in his throat, he was 88years old, yet his wife had no pity on him, she had him holed up in an aircraft that was completely motionless, going no where for upwards of five hours yet claims to be surprised that our father too was completely motionless as they arrived Accra? What kind of inhuman treatment to a man that was kindness personified. In all of those hours, more than 6hours just to fly from Port Harcourt to Accra that is just an hour, no one attended to him, as they claimed he was sleeping all of that time. He made no sound. Of course only the living make sounds. So was he alive or already dead? The Law has a long arm. I wont stop asking questions because in addition to being a great Nigerian, he was my beloved father. You would do the same if you had on my shoes.

I was asking the questions quietly and privately but those who have murdered sleep and could therefore not find sleep thought it was best to malign me publicly. Now the public has opportunity of hearing the other side. The peace that cometh from justice SHALL PREVAIL.

Dumo Lulu-Briggs wins at the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court today, Thursday June 20, 2019 struck out an appeal brought before it by one Precious Baridoo against the 29/04/19 judgement of the Court of Appeal given in favour of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs as the Rivers State governorship candidate of the Accord in the just concluded 2019 elections.

The case came up last Thursday June 13, 2019 at the apex court for the motion of abridgement of time and accelerated hearing which was granted and the counsel asked to come today the 20th instant to adopt their briefs and argue their cases.

When the case was called today, the lawyer to Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Wilcox A. Abereton SAN requested the court to ask Mr. Baridoo what he stands to benefit from the case, considering that he did not contest the primaries of the party and also did not contest the governorship election, having openly withdrawn and endorsed the then incumbent, Governor Nyesom Wike.

Wilcox Abereton SAN argued that Baridoo’s appeal was an abuse of court process and a waste of time of the court, saying that Mr. Baridoo has nothing to lose in the matter except to waste the time of the court.

When asked, the lawyer to Baridoo said they were in court just to set the records straight, an answer which drew the anger of the Supreme Court judges. They said the court is not here to settle intra-party matters but to determine who is the Rivers State Governorship candidate of Accord party and if the Court of Appeal has given its ruling what benefit would he (Baridoo) get if the Supreme Court rules in his favour, having not contested the election.

The Supreme Court judges said that the court is not created for academic exercises and advised Baridoo and his lawyer to go to the University of Abuja to pursue academics if they so desire because the Supreme Court is for serious business.

Baridoo was urged not to waste the time of the court and advised to withdraw the appeal otherwise they would enter judgement against him with costs of over N10million. At this point Baridoo’s lawyer quickly apologized to the court and withdrew the appeal. The Supreme Court therefore struck out the appeal.

Political watchers wonder why the sponsors of Mr. Precious Baridoo dragged this matter up to the Supreme Court, considering that the peace-loving Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs did not even file a petition against Gov. Nyesom Wike at the Rivers State Governorship Tribunal. The only reason they say, is that Governor Wike as a shrewd politician, is merely being proactive, in case he loses his election at the courts, he would want a re-run with political lightweights and not a man of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ status.

Sotonye Ijuye-Dagogo
Director of Communications
DLB Campaign Organization
20/06/19

A POSTHUMOUS BIRTHDAY GREETING TO MY FATHER, THE GREAT HIGH CHIEF (DR) O.B. LULU-BRIGGS

My dear great father of blessed memory, your departure to eternity fills me with much heartache, but your wonderful memories and legacy leave me with hope that you are already in heaven. You taught me that in life, challenges are inevitable but that what must remain constant in me is the belief that I have the innate strength to surmount them.

Beyond words, your journey of life is a comprehensive example of victory over hard times through faith in God, vision, and hard-work. How do I measure the stock of motivation and inspiration I have received from a loving dad through his wonderful lifestyle of love and charity, spoken words of wisdom and peace, and courageous actions of order and progress.

Dad, on this day the 22nd of May in the year 1930, the Almighty God gave you to mankind. Indeed, you lived well and departed this world on Friday, 28 of December, 2018. Father, on that day of your transition, I lost not only a father, but a friend and an idol that I looked up to.

My dear Daddy, I will always treasure all the wonderful memories we shared. While your death will forever cloud the sky with the awe of your loss, your life will always be a vivid one, epitomizing greatness, self sacrifice and hope for the living.

We miss you dad.

Yours forever
Dumo Lulu-Briggs

Happy birthday in heaven!

(DR) O.B. LULU-BRIGGS

BBC Governorship Debate Rivers State

GET READY, RIVERS STATE!

 

‘‘I’m in this race to pursue the aspirations of the people of Rivers State who yearn for a truly representative government.’’

‘‘I want to be known as Mr. Jobs, not Mr. Projects. I want to be judged by the number of Rivers people that will have been taken out of poverty into prosperity.’’

‘‘My vision for Rivers State is a state with well-appointed multiple cities that boosts of peace and security, good roads, and an efficient transportation network.’’

‘‘My vision for Rivers State is that of a developed and modern state globally recognized as a primary destination for business, residence and tourism in Africa.’’

‘‘I am bringing credibility, rationality and civility to governance.’’

‘‘The Innovation Triangle” – a revolutionary job creation approach – is a synergistic ‘coitus’ of Government, Business Community and Academia. We will use ‘The Innovation Triangle’ strategy to create a jobs revolution in Rivers State.’’

– Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs

#DumoWins2019

For these and more, listen to Accord Party Gubernatorial Candidate in Rivers State, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, tomorrow, at BBC News Pidgin Gubernatorial Debate in Rivers State.

See details on the flier.

#BBCGovDebate #RiversDecides2019 #DumoLuluBriggs #MrJobs #MrJobsNotMrProjects  #DumoDoMore #Dumo2019

ACCORD IS THE FASTEST GROWING PARTY IN RIVERS STATE; ITS CANDIDATE IS THE MOST POPULAR AND MOST LOVED POLITICIAN IN THE STATE ~ Dason

In an article titled ‘Why Wike is afraid of Lulu-Briggs’ published on the Nation’s Newspaper on 12th January, 2019, the spokesman for Dumo Lulu-Briggs Campaign Organization, Mr. Dason Nemieboka declared that Accord is the fastest growing party in Rivers State and that its candidate is the most popular and most loved.

He made this bold declaration while fielding questions from reporters on what seems like an intraparty crisis but which the party’s national leadership has consistently described as a non-issue given some available and glaring facts.

On what he thinks about the claimant’s position, he said, “Sincerely, we would have ignored this completely if we were operating in a different clime. However, with the Nigerian politician, you know that there can be an attempt to blindfold even God. Our preliminary findings and the inconsistency of the claimant points to the fact that he is serving an interest beyond his comprehension. If and when we are duly served the court processes, we shall respond adequately. However, I am certain that the only beneficiary of this distractive tactics would be the judiciary and the press.”

“Both the claimant and his paymasters would discover that these distractive blocks thrown at Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs will become building blocks and steps to victory.”

“The truth is that, the sponsors would be shocked that their very effort at distracting the focused Accord Party and her credible governorship candidate would be the reason why even their members, including commissioners, would flood the Accord party soon.”

“Chief Lulu Briggs is focused on his work. He is disturbed that Rivers people would continue to tolerate bad leadership until May 28. He is disturbed that the people would live under selfish rulers for the period but not whether the judiciary would stoop to be used by accidental powerful men. He has never doubted the courage and integrity of the courts, he knows that once a judge looks into the case he would throw it out and award cost against the plaintiff, for attempting to manipulate the law to get what he doesn’t deserve. Our judges are wise.”

To clear the air on whether or not Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs is dodging service of court papers as being alleged by the claimant, Mr. Dason described such claim as laughable, and stated thus, “Chief Dumo is clearly the most accessible governorship candidate in Rivers State. We are not going to apply dirty tricks because flooring the incumbent on March 2nd is a rather simple task. Anyone who claims that he couldn’t serve processes is economical with the truth. I think that is the agenda create false impressions in an attempt to mislead voters.”

“We know what they are up to and we shall shock them. I think rather than ask a man who is sacrificing to liberate us, we should ask our political tormentors why they are attempting to block the only true challenger they have Their tormentors are those who have vowed to arrest massive development in Rivers State, those who spend hundreds of billions of our commonwealth without recourse to any budget. Those who rule by spreading fear and insecurity, instead of curbing it.”

“They are those who forced themselves on Rivers people and are now worried that God has sent a man to deliver, liberate and stimulate blessings. It is clear that they are afraid of any fair contest. They fear that the dwindling public image can’t secure electoral victory. They are afraid of Dumo Lulu Briggs’ towering personality, hence the attempt to get him out of the race by the back door. Governor Wike clearly dreads a contest against Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs.”

To answer the question on why the party’s Flagbearer is considered a threat when there are countless others, he said, “Do not tell me about scores of political parties or candidates, for us in Rivers State the choice is between going in one accord which is the new and better order, and continuing in the dark days of primitive rulership. Accord is the fastest growing party in Rivers State. The candidate is the most popular and most loved politician in the state and other parties are losing members daily to Accord. So why won’t a desperate party attempt to stop Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs and the Accord party in Rivers State, where a governor would build a motor park and invite angels to commission.”

“Rivers people seek an exposed and compassionate leader who knows the people. They want Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs and so Governor Wike knows that he will be an ex-governor as long as Dumo is on the ballot. DLB as they call him is creating jobs even as a private citizen, he is reducing poverty, and he is educating indigent students in the LGAs. He plans to develop multiple streams of income for the state; tourism, agriculture and industrialization would be the highpoints of the incoming administration. We are worried that Rivers State has the highest rate of unemployment and the current administration is sitting pretty playing politics and seeking to pull down the credible contenders.”

Since the emergence of DUMO LULU-BRIGGS as its candidate, Accord party has in recent time sent a massive shockwave to the Rivers State politcal landscape. And political actors and observers have alluded to the fact that the incumbent governor of the state is the most troubled by the Dumo/Accord tremor. Emerging Pictorial evidences have also given credence to the position that the claimant, Mr. Precious Baridoo is merely a tool meant for creating a perception of crisis to kill the Accord momentum.

Uche Woke
SA MEDIA- DLB

TAKING LEAVE OF A FAMILY

Beloved brothers and sisters of the All Progressives Congress, Rivers State, I greet you with mixed feelings, as I write these lines to accordingly Express a hard decision.

Yes, hard decision because I formally joined you in April last year and you received me with warmth and love. You made me feel at home, and we worked hard as a family to reposition the party and stabilize our leader, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, who was then under tremendous pressure. We quickly rolled up our sleeves and labored behind our leader and with you.

Inspired by the leader’s claim to equity, justice, and fair-play we inconvenienced ourselves to ensure success and our beloved All Progressives Congress became bigger and stronger. The claim by the leader that Rivers State should be governed at this time by someone of riverine extraction was believed to be a sincere and patriotic position. Hence we encouraged the membership to follow wholeheartedly.

For those who know Dumo Lulu Briggs intimately, I am an unrepentant team player who puts group interest over self. We didn’t walk the streets because we were idle, we were not insulted because we were hated; instead, we did because sacrifices were required to liberate our state.

Our loyalty to the leader and party was total as is necessary for Party Democracy to thrive. As you all know, the principles of loyalty and fidelity demand justice for all. “To lead and we follow” must always bear the supposition of truth, equity, and justice.

We need to create a Rivers State of expanding opportunities and citizen responsibility. A State growing in diversity and in the bonds of love and ONENESS. Therefore, nothing must be allowed to threaten our sense of a common future.

The facts are known, we took steps to protect the party from sliding into a personal estate, if the PDP in Rivers State is owned by a strong man and our leader in the APC by default becomes a feudal lord, then our state is doomed. I have nothing personal to lose or gain, but we have all to lose if in a democracy we allow the aberration of overlords, hence my decision. While we were together I enjoyed your comradeship and so find it hard to leave, yet, men of conscience would when necessary overlook personal sentiments and emotions.

I am 100% Rivers just as you and so I trust that we shall keep our friendship and possibly realign if and when we feel the need. I bear no grudge or malice and I implore that you take none toward me, what is obvious is that I have to continue my quest to help liberate our state by advancing my vision on another platform.

I take from the experience valuable lessons, and from you, I took warm memories. I pray that God keeps us healthy and able to rescue Rivers State and elect a governor who will give Rivers people quality leadership and service.

Once again, I reiterate that it is about Rivers people and my doors are open, praying that we find ourselves in ONE ACCORD.

God bless us all.

I am ceaselessly yours,
Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs