By Sam Esogwa
The imbroglio hindering the burial of late High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs may soon be resolved with the recent setting up of a high powered peace committee by the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Gbobo Bob-Manuel.
The committee, which is made up of such great personalities in Kalabari land as former vice chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Nimi Briggs, former Supreme Court Justice, Adolphus Karibi Whyte, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, Ombo Isokariari, the three Kalabari LGA Chairmen, among others, is saddled with the responsibility of resolving the crisis in the Lulu-Briggs family and facilitate the burial of the late high chief.
According to sources, the committee was inaugurated on Monday, 3rd February, 2020 at Abonnema, by the Amanyanabo of Abonnema.
The warring factions in the Lulu-Briggs family were said to have sent two representatives each to witness the inauguration on their behalves.
Checks revealed that the Amanyanabo of Abonnema, King Disrael Bob-Manuel, was not in talking terms with High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs before his death hence his decision to intervene in the crisis has sent some tongues wagging in Kalabari land, with many querying the rationale behind his move.
However, investigation showed that the Abonnema monarch, despite the misunderstanding between his family and the Lulu-Briggs’, has neither insulted High Chief Lulu-Briggs nor nursed ill feelings against him but has, on the contrary, always held him in high esteem.
Checks further revealed that King Disrael’s involvement in the O.B. Lulu-Briggs family crisis is a product of an appeal to him by the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, to help resolve the crisis and ensure that High Chief Lulu-Briggs is buried.
The appeal by Wike was said to have been made to the Abonnema King when the Kalabari people visited him (Wike) not too long ago.
The committee is billed to have a heart to heart dialogue with the warring factions in the O.B. Lulu-Briggs family by Thursday or Friday this week in Port Harcourt, to find a way forward.
Crisis has continued to trail the death of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs since he passed on December 27, 2018, resulting in his burial lingering.
Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, second son of High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs, had alleged that Dr Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs, his step mother, killed his father –her husband – as a result of which he wrote a petition to the Inspector-General of Police on 19th April, 2019, asking for an investigation into the matter.
Although an autopsy was later conducted by the Ghanaian military on Friday, 19th July, 2019, at the 37 Military Hospital, Accra, Ghana, to ascertain the cause of the death, with the result showing that it was of natural consequences, thereby exonerating Mrs Seinye Lulu-Briggs of the murder accusation, the crisis has continued to rage as Dumo remains insistent on a second autopsy.