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Court Beams Light On Reasons For Withholding Ndubuisi Kanu’s Corpse

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A judge of an Ikeja High Court, Christopher Balogun revealed how he ordered the Nigerian Army to resist every attempt to get the corpse of Ndubuisi Kanu, a Rear Admiral and pro-democracy advocate. This is in order to prevent the corpse from being tampered with.
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A judge of an Ikeja High Court, Christopher Balogun revealed how he ordered the Nigerian Army to resist every attempt to get the corpse of Ndubuisi Kanu, a Rear Admiral and pro-democracy advocate. This is in order to prevent the corpse from being tampered with.

Kanu, a former Military Administrator of Lagos departed on the 13th January, 2021. This was at the ripe age of 77.


Reference Daily News reports that his family and the lawyers were in court over the controversy surrounding his burial arrangements.

He earlier on the 7th October, gave an order resisting the attempts by the relatives of the deceased for the release of his body.

As a follow-up to an action filed by Gladys Kanu, one of the wives to the departed against the children, Nigerian Navy and 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 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, the fresh ruling of the court has mandated the Nigerian Army to convey the body of the deceased to Imo, hand the corpse over to the government for burial.

The judge said the interment earlier slated for October 16 will now happen on the 15th of the October month, owing to security considerations.

“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.”

He stated that the deceased will thereafter be conveyed to the Government House Chapel for the Lying-in-state and must be kept intact at the said Government House Morgue, Owerri. This will be in the custody of the Imo government. He is to be transferred thereafter to Abia.

“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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