My husband’s autopsy duly carried out – Seinye Lulu-Briggs
For the umpteenth time, Seinye Lulu-Briggs, widow of the late billionaire businessman, has cleared the air over the allegation raised against her by Dumo, her stepson, on the autopsy report of the deceased [late Lulu-Briggs].
Recall that an autopsy conducted on the body earlier this year (July) concluded that Lulu-Briggs did not die a violent death, but Dumo held that the pathologist who conducted the post mortem was not the one authorised.
However, the widow who made the clarifications in a statement signed by her spokesperson, Oraye St. Franklyn, said all lawful documents point to her late husband dying from natural causes.
To buttress her claim, a copy of the autopsy report was attached with the statement sent to journalists.
The statement partly reads, “The autopsy was duly carried out at the 37 Military Hospital Accra, Ghana. Col. (Dr.) Seth Attoh, Head of Pathology Division at the 37 Military Hospital, conducted it, with the assistance of Dr. Lawrence Edusie, a Specialist Pathologist at the hospital.
“Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye Lulu-Briggs was represented at the autopsy by two Pathologists: Prof. Adetola Daramola, a Consultant Pathologist at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, who is also a Professor of Anatomic Pathology at the College of Medicine of the University of Lagos and Dr. Emeka Nwafor, a Senior Consultant Pathologist at the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital who is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Uyo.
“Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs was represented by Dr. Francis Adedayo Faduyile, the current President of the Nigerian Medical Association and Professor Agyeman Akosa, a renowned Ghanaian pathologist.
“Other observers at the autopsy included ACP Adaku Uche-Anya and ASP Justus Ogar, both of whom were formally introduced to the Ghanaian Police as representatives of Nigeria’s IGP. None of those present during the autopsy has queried how the autopsy was done to this very day. “
On Friday 19th July 2019, the very day that the autopsy was done, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ lawyers wrote a letter of protest to CP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Director General of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghanaian Police. This is noteworthy because not a single query was raised by any of his representative pathologists during or after the autopsy.
Furthermore, having worked so hard to instigate the autopsy, Chief Dumo chose not to be part of a pre-autopsy meeting that held at the 37 Military Hospital. Instead, he nominated his elder brother, Senibo, to attend for his side of the family. Why? We can only conclude that having lost control of the autopsy process, he also lost interest and wanted no part of the High Court-ordered autopsy involving representatives of Dr. Mrs. Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs. Hence, his letter of protest even before the conclusion of the autopsy was aimed at rocking the boat.
“As a result of Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ letter of protest, CP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, Director General of Ghana’s Criminal Investigations Department, convened a conference of all parties at the 37 Military Hospital on Monday 22nd July 2019, the very next working day after the autopsy was conducted. Brigadier General Ernest C. Saka, the Director General of Ghana’s Armed Forces Medical Service, chaired the meeting, in the company of three Colonels of the Ghanaian Army.
“Other attendees included; Col. (Dr.) Seth Attoh who conducted the autopsy, Representatives of Nigeria’s IGP, one pathologist representing Dumo and his brothers, one pathologist representing Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs and her other children, Mrs O. B. Lulu-Briggs and her lawyers, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs and his lawyers, and AIG Akhiwu Wilson (Head of Medical Pathology, Nigerian Police).
“During the meeting, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs registered his displeasure about his non-receipt of samples of his father’s body parts after the autopsy. Col. (Dr.) Attoh who presided over the autopsy informed him that it was unknown in the practice of pathology to distribute samples of body parts after an autopsy. Nevertheless, his request was accommodated, and he was asked if he was he prepared to receive the samples of the body parts at that material time. He declined saying he would rather obtain samples via another autopsy, which he demanded. The Ghanaian military chiefs present at the meeting could not hide their astonishment and disgust at his request for a second autopsy.
“The meeting rose with the conclusion by all parties’ present, including Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs’ representative pathologists that the autopsy procedure was done correctly and according to the terms of the coroners’ instructions.
“After the meeting the Ghanaian Police, which Dumo claimed was shut out of the autopsy procedure, formally responded to his letter of protest on 7th August 2019. They stated clearly that “The Autopsy was done according to the standard practice…”
Seinye further blamed her accusers of delaying her husband’s funeral while stressing that the plethora of lawsuits raised against her person does not stop the burial of the deceased.
“No litigation is subsisting anywhere in the world that inhibits, prohibits or forbids the burial of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs.” She said
Meanwhile, the widow has continued to appeal to all the parties involved for a date to be fixed for the interment of her husband.
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