Out reach to the Widows

Again yesterday God gave me the privilege to reach out to the Widows and Elderly in Abonnema.
Knowing how challenging it can be in experiencing press in an event with such multitude of people as it was during the one-week-long celebration of my father’s funeral, I understood that these ones may not have had the feel of the celebration as they may have ought to. You know, it was a celebration that has the right of everyone, and no one ought to be denied of that right. It was a celebration that gave way to saying to the departed, thank you for all the good deeds done us. Why should any be denied of such privilege, no matter how?
It was in this direction I had to reach out to the widows and the elderly. I cannot deny them that right, but have to oblige them that honour in gifting them with Provisions, Food items, Wrappers, and Cash. That through this, they also may have the feel of the celebration and be satisfied that indeed they were part of it all. They are our responsibility, they are the reason God has brought us thus far and well, and it’s our duty to fulfill God’s purpose concerning them, we cannot be tired of such well doing, we can’t.

I, therefore, give God all the Glory for using us to reach out to these ones. Most importantly, the Prayers rendered by them were indeed overwhelming, I was touched and humbled to the marrow, and I say Amen to them all.

Thanks to God

I give thanks to God for the success of my father’s burial and I am very grateful to everyone from all over the world who one way or another made the burial a success.
There were a lot of talks before we even started, and of course there were also a lot of prayers. The story of the family was everywhere and it looked like it was never going to happen. Remember, our father past on at least some two years and few months ago and we just buried him on the 13th of March. So it seemed impossible. It looked like there was a lot of crisis in the family and we couldn’t put the finger on what was going on. But when you know how to pray and invite God into all your affairs, His grace and mercy shall always be sufficient. And that was sufficient, we were able to give our father a befitting passage.
I will of course express my gratitude to everyone in a more elaborate and comprehensive manner but while that waits let me use this medium to say thank you to my beloved Abonnema people, my respected Chiefs, my dear family members; women, men, young boys and girls who all through the weeks participated in all the cultural and customary activities to mark the glorious passing of our beloved Opuda. May God bless you immensely.
I will remain ever grateful to the First Family, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari and his beloved wife Her Excellency Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari who was represented by the wife of my good friend and brother the former Governor of Bayelsa State and current Minister of state for petroleum, His Excellency Timi Sylva; to the former president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and his loving wife Dame Patience Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and to the ever vibrant Governor of our loving Rivers State, His Excellency Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and members of his Cabinet and other government officials who accompanied him to honor my father.
Thank you to all the clergymen, members of the bar, political leaders, elder statesmen, Royal Highnesses, the media, the general public and of course members of the Central Burial Committee who put in their very best to ensure that we achieved success.
May God bless everyone in Jesus name.

Serving Humanity

In our commitment to serving humanity, we must not forget our elders. We must endeavor to put smiles on the faces of the elderly men and women who are forerunners in the journey of life and have blessed us with wisdom to live through the challenges.
Providing assistance for the elderly within and outside Kalabari Kingdom is my Father’s custom and I am happy to honor him by earnestly striving to continue his legacy in this respect. I thank God Almighty for yet another opportunity to carry out his assignment; for His abundance of blessings and for providing the will and the grace to fulfill the task today.
God bless our mothers and fathers!

Hon. Harold Briggs

Today I joined my family, relatives and Chiefs in Abonnema, Akuku-Toru Local Government Area and in Port Harcourt town to solemnly pay last respect to my brother, Late Hon. Harold Briggs and to commiserate with the family of Late Madam Elekima George who was today buried in Buguma Town, Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State. Ma Elekima passed on at the ripe age of 96 to the glory of God.
It is however painful that Harold Briggs died very untimely at the age of 48, but as a people of faith, we leave all to the unfailing wisdom of God Almighty. I sincerely wish their respective immediate families a full emotional healing and speedy relief as they struggle to come to terms with the reality of the deceased’s irreversible absence in their daily lives. May their souls rest in perfect peace.


It was very solemn.
Today, without formal ceremonies or celebrations, the Young Briggs House of Abonnema placed me on the century-old Young Briggs stool and presented me to the Oruwari War Canoe House of Abonnema as the Ini-ikeiroari VI. My presentation to the Abonnema Council of Chiefs shall take place soon by the grace of God. The formal ceremonies shall also take place after we have laid my father, the Ini-ikeiroari V, and Paramount Head of the Oruwari War Canoe House of Abonnema to rest early next year. A date shall be announced soon. By the special grace of God, the process of uniting the Oruwari House and Abonnema in general has started in earnest.
I am grateful to God for his enduring grace and blessings. And I am delightedly thankful to my family Chiefs, men, women, and youths who have demonstrated their invaluable confidence in me. I pray for God’s divine wisdom and mercy as I commit myself earnestly to the task of offering sincere and productive leadership for the good of my people, to the service of mankind, and to the glory of God.

DLB Empowerment Program.

In fulfillment of my family’s resolve to honor the memory of our late father by empowering a good number of men, women, and youths from my family; the Oruwari family in Abonnema and my father’s Grand maternal home; the Pepple’s Family in Buguma, we made donations to support individuals from the Pepple’s family in Buguma who have skills and business ideas in order for them to actualize their individual dreams.
I and my brothers do appreciate the wonderful support we constantly receive from our beloved brothers, sisters, fathers, and mothers in Buguma. I also congratulate the family chiefs for their ceaseless wise counsels and their shown ability in coordinating the affairs of the family.
May God bless the Pepple’s family and all those who benefitted from the empowerment program.

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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.