Posted by News Express | 29 January 2020 | 577 times
A Ghanaian High Court, on Monday, threw out a suit instituted by Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Chairman Platform Petroleum and second son of late oil mogul, High Chief Dr. O. B. Lulu-Briggs.
The suit sought to further delay the burial of the respected Nigerian High Chief and industrialist by evading the need to fulfil the 23rd December 2019 court-imposed preconditions for the release of the body of his father by the Ghanaian Police and Mortuary.
Dumo’slawyers sought to move their application for clarification of the 23rd December 2019 Court order.
But lawyers representing the widow of the High Chief vehemently opposed the application. It was a shouting match of sorts between both parties.
Sanity was, however, restored by the Court, which called for calm by both parties and overruled the lawyers representing the widow by declaring that the application had merit and would be heard. The Court’s ruling however shocked both Parties.
Justice Kyei-Baffour said: “I have been invited to clarify my order of the 23rd of December 2019. My order is self-explanatory and needs no other clarification.”
Based on the fact that Dumo had appealed against the same ruling to the Supreme Court, the court said, “I should not appear to be shifting the goal post so as to prejudice the appeal and the applications pending at the Supreme Court. Finding no need for the clarification, I dismiss the application.”
In her reaction, the matriarch of the Lulu-Briggs Family, Dr Seinye O. B. Lulu-Briggs described the ruling and statement of the Court as being incontrovertibly apt.
“The Court’s amazement at Dumo’s application for the interpretation of an Order that was written in simple English and not in Greek, Ijaw or Swahili proves Dumo’s intention to do mischief, waste the time of the Court on frivolities and further delay the burial of his father,” she said.
Stating further that “the said 23rd December, 2019, Court Order, which Dumo sought interpretation for was crystal clear.” (The Guardian)
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