Police investigation into High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs’ death: A recount of the Autopsy hijack

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Day of the long knives:

How did he get in? Who hired him? Where did he come from? How did he know about the autopsy? Where is he taking the tissue samples to? How did he breach the security at the 37 Military Hospital, Accra?

These were questions and questions on the lips of outraged officers of the Ghana Police and angry members of the Lulu-Briggs family, as a stranger pathologist, an impostor, Dr. Lawrence Edusie allegedly stormed the military hospital and hijacked the conduct of an autopsy on the remains of late High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs on Friday July 19, 2019 in Accra.

The Commissioner of Police in charge of the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, in the Ghana Police, Mrs. Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah was furious because this was the second time in seven months, that these Nigerians, who are in Accra at the benevolence of the Ghana Government, are breaching the security of Ghana in collaboration with unscrupulous Ghanaians.

The first was the smuggling of the body of High  Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs out of the Accra Airport on the 27th of December, 2018 and deposited at a mortuary in the capital city without any report on the matter to the police and without any record of such incident.

One that occasion, the Criminal Investigation Department of Ghana Police said that there was no record of such death with the police anywhere in that country. The police were not aware whether Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs died either in Nigeria and was transported to Ghana, whether he died in transit in the airplane or died on arrival in Accra.

The Ghana Police was outraged because there ought to be a record with the police; the matter should have been reported to the police at the airport, but there was no record of such death with the airport police, no records with the Ghana Immigration Department and no records with the airport authorities in Ghana.

How did the body get into Accra and into a Transition Home (Mortuary) without any record of it to the police? This was a big shock to the Ghana Police because such death under Ghanaian Law, calls for inquest and autopsy.

Again, on Friday, 19th of July 2019, in course of police inquest into the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, a high-ranking pathologist that was not invited by the Ghana Police which instituted the investigation, stormed the 37 Military Hospital, undermined the officially designated pathologists, usurped the process and conducted an autopsy on the body of the late chief. The alleged impostor removed tissues from the body of the late chief and refused to give samples to the interested parties in the case.

The Ghanaian police are angry because this is an inquest and not just an autopsy and the police need the tissue samples for their investigation. But neither the police nor the disputing parties have samples of the autopsy that was allegedly done by Dr. Lawrence Edusie.

Investigations revealed that the said impostor pathologist, Dr. Lawrence Edusie is from the Korle-Bu Teaching  Hospital in Accra from where some doctors were said to have rushed into the Kotoka International Airport Clinic, Accra and smuggled the body of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs to the mortuary on the 27th of December, 2018 without police report.

Further investigations revealed that when the aircraft carrying High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, his wife and others touched down at the Accra Airport, Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs allegedly put a call through to a female friend who in turn called the Chairman of the Board of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, a member of the Ghanaian Parliament, to see what assistance he could render in the situation they found themselves.

The Parliamentarian was said to have called the Medical Director of the airport clinic and some other doctors from the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital who got to the airport clinic even before the Medical Director of the airport clinic, and together, were all able to get the corpse out of the airport to a mortuary in Accra, without any record with the police.

The question on the lips of curious observers is that, is there something the doctors of the Korle-Bu Teaching  Hospital are hiding from the public? Why did the hospital send doctors on 27th December 2018 to smuggle the body to the mortuary without police report? Why would an uninvited pathologist from the same hospital thwart an autopsy arranged and supervised by the police? Why these desperate actions?

A reliable source revealed that the CID boss said that the Ghana police would have nothing to do with any result that emanates from that autopsy conducted by an uninvited pathologist as it ran contrary to the instructions of the Ghana police. Moreover, the attorney General of Ghana had previously issued a circular blacklisting Dr. Lawrence Edusie from participating in any autopsy involving the state due to his alleged dubious antecedents.

Disturbingly, family members who were present when the body of deceased was taken from the mortuary to the Military Hospital for the autopsy, noticed that the body had shrank considerably when it was returned to the mortuary after the so-called autopsy. Has the body been tampered with irretrievably? They wondered.

Accusations and counter accusations Begin:

Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs says she would be vindicated by the autopsy report

Unaware that the autopsy of Friday the 19th July has been overtaken by controversy, the widow of the late Chief, Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs issued a statement on the same day, saying that:

“As we wait for the outcome of the unnecessary and invasive procedure called autopsy in the coming days, I am confident that the Coroners’ Report would put to final rest the shameful and satanic lies and rumours that have been spread regarding the manner of my beloved husband’s death, including the ridiculous allegation that I killed him. As a Christian, I have forgiven all those who have knowingly or unknowingly maligned me”.

Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs hinted that “regrettably, our family has been going through some internal wrangling since the death of my husband because of the unwarranted attack by Senibo, Dumo and Sofiri Lulu-Briggs, my husband’s sons, on me. This has resulted in the ongoing police investigation and the autopsy that has just been carried out on the body of our late Patriarch in Accra, Ghana today, July 19, 2019”.

 

In another interview that she granted The Nation newspaper, a month after the controversial autopsy, Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs was still opposed to the idea of autopsy on her late husband, saying:

“Why would you want to do an autopsy on an 88-year-old man? The man that we all know had been sick and had so many pathologies in his body: any of them could have killed him. In fact, his doctor’s report I submitted directly to the head of CID in Nigeria in his office. The medical report where his doctor (a white man) even wrote that it is a miracle that chief was still alive. In such a body, you want to tear him to pieces to do autopsy. What are we looking for? I protested to the IG, to all my family, my chief, all of them. They refused and I said if I continue protesting, it would seem I knew something about it. I said I do not care, leave this man’s body alone, but they refused”.

Contrary to Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs’s claim, Senibo, Dumo and Sofiri did not request for an autopsy on the body of their late father, rather the autopsy arose from police investigation into the death of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs. The older sons are merely saying, that if you must do an autopsy, then do it properly.

The police felt that an autopsy was required. It is therefore unlikely that an autopsy that was done in such a contemptuous manner, which even Seinye described as “invasive” would put to a final rest, all the contentious issues surrounding the death of Chief. O. B. Lulu-Briggs.

Below is Seinye’s full press release on the day of the autopsy:

I remain focused on upholding my husband’s legacies – Seinye Lulu-Briggs

Since the death of my beloved husband, High Chief (Dr.) Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs on December 27, 2018, in Accra, Ghana, I have been humbled by the outpouring of prayers and expressions of support for our family from all over Nigeria and abroad. This has given me the needed courage to continue to carry out my duties as a mother to our children and to upholding my husband’s legacies especially his service to humanity.

Regrettably, our family has been going through some internal wrangling since the death of my husband because of the unwarranted attack by Senibo, Dumo and Sofiri Lulu-Briggs, my husband’s sons, on me. This has resulted in the ongoing police investigation and the autopsy that has just been carried out on the body of our late Patriarch in Accra, Ghana today, July 19, 2019.

I have always affirmed my innocence. I have loved, adored and cared for my husband all the decades that we lived together as one. And I continue to miss him dearly. As we wait for the outcome of the unnecessary and invasive procedure called autopsy in the coming days, I am confident that the Coroners’ Report would put to final rest the shameful and satanic lies and rumours that have been spread regarding the manner of my beloved husband’s death, including the ridiculous allegation that I killed him.  As a Christian, I have forgiven all those who have knowingly and unknowingly maligned me.

As I have always said, my top priority is to ensure that my late husband gets an honourable and Christian burial in keeping with his life’s work and remarkable achievements.   Despite all the distractions, nothing has changed; he will be buried at the appointed time.

Thank you and God bless you.

Dr. (Mrs.) Seinye O.B. Lulu-Briggs

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs says that the family is outraged by the autopsy hijack

For Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, shock was the reaction. He is shocked because a total stranger hijacked an autopsy ordered by the Ghana Police. He said what happened was totally outrageous because Seinye had tried to stop the autopsy via a motion for injunction in court and wondered why Seinye would not support the police to establish the truth about her husband’s death.

“The Ghana police met with all the parties on Monday, 15th of July where the police stated in clear terms and agreed by all the parties… that the autopsy would be done and tissue samples would be taken for the police and ourselves and Seinye.

“Curiously, one Dr. Lawrence Edusie of the Korle-Bu hospital, an entirely different hospital and pathologist who is unknown even to the police… gets involved and actually performed the autopsy, in the course of which he sends out and prevents the Nigeria police pathologist… and the Ghana police pathologist from even observing the autopsy”.

Below is the full statement by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs:

You would soon hear from us – Dumo Lulu-Briggs

You will soon read our full account and the fallacies contained in every statement made by Seinye Peterba Lulu-Briggs since the death of our father. Even the Ghana Police is shocked at how she breached their security and took the corpse of our father whom she now, contrary to her initial statements that when they arrived Accra, my father asked them what the time was and they told him, after which they all came out of the chartered aircraft, the captain even came down, shook hands with everyone including my father and bade them goodbye.

But now in an action which she instituted in the High Court in Ghana, asking the court to give her custody of the mortal remains of our late father and not anybody else, she stated that when they arrived Accra on board the chartered aircraft they realised that the deceased, our father, High Chief Dr. O. B. Lulu-Briggs was still and completely motionless.

The Ghana police force are shocked at how they got the deceased out of the Accra airport to deposit in a funeral place inside Accra without reporting the matter to the police and there is no records of such incident either with immigrations, airport authorities or the police. On that score the Ghana police ordered an inquest as the case was one that qualifies for an inquest and an autopsy automatically under Ghanaian laws.

The Police obtained an order from the Coroner’s court to conduct an autopsy last Friday, 12th of July, 2019 but Seinye went to court to file a motion for injunction that the body should not be released to anybody and the Transitions Home, where she deposited our father’s mortal remains would not, based on the filed motion, release the body even to the police.

Following all that bizarre drama by a widow who should want the truth established, the Ghana police met with all the parties on Monday, 15th of July where the police stated in clear terms and agreed by all the parties, ourselves and our lawyers, Seinye and her lawyers that the autopsy would be done and tissue samples would be taken for the police and ourselves and Seinye; that the autopsy shall be conducted at the Military hospital by Col (Dr.) Attoh.

Curiously, one Dr. Lawrence Edusie of the Korle-Bu hospital, an entirely different hospital and a pathologist who is unknown even to the police as far as the inquest/autopsy of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs is concerned, gets involved and actually performs the autopsy, in the course of which he sends out and prevents the Nigeria police pathologist AIG Akhiwu and the Ghana police pathologist from even observing the autopsy when the autopsy is as a result of an inquest, a serious police investigation involving the Nigeria Police, Ghana Police and the Interpol.

To make matters worse, despite repeated demands for tissue samples by my pathologist Dr. Francis Faduyile, no samples were given to the parties for toxicology and Histology tests.

The Commissioner of Police in charge of Criminal investigations, a woman and I hear the first woman in Ghana history to be appointed to head such highly sensitive police command was herself very furious how her painstaking effort was thwarted by some people and an uninvited, unwelcome pathologist.

In response to calls by my lawyers she gave them the comfort that the police would have nothing to do with that autopsy as it ran afoul of the Ghana police instructions and even a consent order of the High court in Ghana for samples to be given to the parties. That is comforting and may God continue to bless and reward every police officer who works to strengthen the hand of justice even as we shall appeal for an investigation into what happened and demand an unquestionable autopsy.

Seinye is yet to explain to the family and I wonder what statement she made to the police on how she kept, on the 27th of December, 2018, her husband whom she claimed to have loved inside of a chartered aircraft together with herself and allies for more than 5hours at the PH International airport, with the aircraft doors shut, none going in or coming out? She claims the aircraft didn’t have a landing permit to land in Accra??????. Really? So what was vista charter services doing, carrying passengers into their aircraft and keeping them locked in for more than five hours if they didn’t have landing permit to take them?

Our father who was 88years old at the time, with a tracheostomy tube inserted would be kept in an aircraft with artificial air for upwards of six hours including the eventual flying time of about an hour to Accra from PH with no suction in all that time only to later state that as they arrived Accra they realised our father was immobile.

Well, by the grace of God, all of us shall, led by myself, the chief mourner, give a very befitting burial to our father and husband even as police investigations continue. Seinye is on police bail at the moment and she is always very welcome to perform her roles as wife under Kalabari native law and custom. No one can deny her that.

God keep us.

Additionally we have since found that quite contrary to Seinye’s account, there was indeed a landing permit issued with estimated time of arrival at 1pm Ghana time on the 27th of Dec.

“Dumo’s statement is a lie” – Seinye Lulu-Briggs

Mrs. Seinye Lulu-Briggs came hard on Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs,  for saying that the autopsy of July 19th was hijacked by an unknown pathologist. In several media interactions, she told her listeners that the autopsy was properly conducted and not hijacked.

Below is The Cable’s report on Seinye’s reaction:

 “I read with amusement, and no small measure of amazement at the audacity Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, to twist facts in his account of the process of autopsy performed on my late husband, High Chief (Dr.) O.B Lulu-Briggs last Friday at the military hospital in Accra, Ghana – as published by The Cable.

“In his false account, Chief Dumo Lulu Briggs, chairman of Platform Petroleum, painted a picture of a clandestine operation in which I developed superhuman capabilities to overrule Nigerian and Ghanaian police officers and ensure that the autopsy was carried out at a ‘strange hospital’ by ‘strange pathologists.’

“Nothing could be further from the truth. The autopsy was conducted under tight police protection at the military hospital and the operation was done by Col. (Dr) Attoh, head of the department of Anatomy of the 37 Military Hospital and Dr. Lawrence Edusie, specialist pathologist at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.

“For the record, what happened was that we all gathered Friday morning, July 19, 2019 at the Transitions funeral home, where the Ghana CID police team invited myself, Solate, Dumo and Senibo, as members of the family, to come and identify the body before its movement to the 37 Military Hospital for the autopsy.

“As we were getting in, the Nigerian police investigation team led by ACP Adaku Uche-Anya joined us in the viewing room to identify the body. Thereafter, the police vehicle led the hearse that carried the body and we left for 37 Military Hospital. The Ghanaian police team and the Nigerian counterparts escorted the hearse into the hospital premises, while the rest of us waited outside until myself and Senibo – the first son of my husband – were invited into the conference room where we met the pathologists and policemen.

“The main pathologist, who is with the military hospital – the highly regarded Col. (Dr.) Attoh and Dr. Edusie walked in, introduced themselves and asked every other person in the room to also introduce themselves. Then the military pathologist announced that myself and Senibo will go with them to identify the body before the start of the autopsy, which we did.

“He then asked for the pathologists that were present in the room to announce which party they were there for. Two pathologists, Professor Agyeman Akosa (Ghanaian) and Dr. Dayo Faduyile (Nigerian) identified themselves as representing the sons. Professor Adetola Daramola (Nigerian) and Dr. Emeka Nwafor (Nigerian) identified themselves as pathologists that would observe on my behalf.

“The military hospital pathologist subsequently conferred with the Ghana CID team leader and agreed that two police investigating officers each from Ghana and Nigeria would be present during the autopsy. All the parties so identified were taken in.

“After about three hours, they all came out smiling – indicating great satisfaction with the procedure. There were no issues. There were no complaints and we all remained in the premises until the body was prepared again to be returned to the mortuary.

“Dumo’s statement is therefore a lie because he was not even near the pathology conference room during the entire process. He ought to have asked his elder brother, Senibo, who was present, to brief him properly on what transpired. I am now used to his tactics of half-truths and outright lies in his ultimately futile bid to smear me and make me bend to his will.

“And as for the rest of his claims, like he said, the police investigation is ongoing and I know the truth will triumph over falsehood.”

Culled from TheCable

July 21

Seinye is a story teller…Dumo Lulu-Briggs

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs says that his stepmother tells stories that she knows are false, yet chooses to believe the stories herself.  Speaking to reporters on the botched autopsy and to put matters straight, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs said that “what happened on the day the autopsy was conducted is a thing of great concern to us.

“This was because a consent order was taken as demanded by Seinye’s own lawyer that the whole processes should be consented to by the parties before the autopsy is done because the matter had become very controversial.

“In that wise, the police wrote specifically that the autopsy would be conducted at 37 military hospital in Ghana by Col (Dr.) Attoh. As a matter of fact, the first letter the police wrote stated that the autopsy will be conducted at a military hospital in Ghana by the military pathologist without stating any name. But our stepmother’s lawyer wrote to the police to say that in order to remove all doubts, please let us know the particular pathologist that will perform this autopsy and the police responded that it shall be done by Col. (Dr.) Attoh. But even Col Attoh admitted that the autopsy was actually conducted by one Dr. Lawrence Edusie, that he, Col. Attoh was also there when the autopsy was conducted but it was actually carried out by Dr. Edusie”.

Below are the letters from the police, the first stating the procedure and the second stating the name of the pathologist to conduct the autopsy:

Second letter:

Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs continued:

“Let me repeat for the sake of clarity. The police wrote to the parties on how the autopsy would be conducted but Seinye’s lawyer felt that the police statement was inadequate and insisted that the police statement must be taken to a high court for it to form part of a consent order of the court so that what the police had written must be followed to the letter. This was done. The autopsy process was not just a police instruction it was also endorsed as an order of the High Court of Ghana.

“And now they conduct an autopsy not as ordered and agreed and this is supposed to be a criminal investigation – it means very clearly that whatever comes out of such autopsy, if it is incriminating, the defense will simply say that the autopsy didn’t follow the procedure as ordered by the police and the court and therefore inadmissible in evidence.

“So, why would the police engage in an exercise in futility? That is what we are saying. The process of that autopsy already created a fait accompli of sort – that no matter the outcome of the autopsy, you cannot use that autopsy report in court should you decide to prosecute. So, if you find enough reason to prosecute, you can’t use it! Because the procedure that was prescribed by  the police, taken to court, consented to by the parties, and given as a Consent Order of a High Court in Ghana, was simply not followed. These are the issues” Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs concluded.

Accordingly, the three older son’s had instructed their lawyers to send a protest letter to the Ghana Police, demanding a fresh autopsy, an indication that we are not about to see the end of the ongoing saga in the Lulu-Briggs family.

Below is the letter of protest by Dumo’s lawyers to the Ghana police.

 

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