…MAKES PROVISION FOR DANIEL DUMO LULU-BRIGGS, OTHER GRAND CHILDREN
In what could be described as the climax of the scenario created by the demise of High Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, his much-anticipated Will has finally been read.
According to sources, the Will, which many claims is the bone of contention since the death of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, was read on Friday, 26th July 2019, at the office of the Chief Registrar, High Court, Port Harcourt.
K-Times gathered that the circumstances surrounding the reading of the Will have been dramatic.
K-Times learnt that, Chief Dumo, the second son of late High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, and governorship candidate of the Accord Party during the last governorship election in Rivers State, had filed a case in a court at Omoku, praying for an order of injunction restraining the reading of the Will and Testament of Late O.B. Lulu-Briggs.
However, on Thursday, 25th July, 2019, the case, in suit No: OYHC/20/2019 between Senibo Lulu-Briggs, Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, Sofiri Lulu-Briggs (suing as children of late Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs) and Mrs. Seinye Peterba Lulu-Briggs, Iboroma Akpana, Tope Solola and others, before His Lordship, Justice A. U. Kingsley-Chuku was dismissed.
Moreover, in dismissing the case filed by Chief Dumo Lulu-Briggs, the Court also granted that the Will be ready the following day, being Friday 26th July, 2019 and on that day, the Will was read, thus pre-emptying and fore-closing whatever could have been Chief Dumo’s next move in his bid to preclude its reading.
A source, who claimed to have watched the whole developments and circumstances surrounding the reading of the Will, including the legal drama and demonstration of wits with keen interest, likened them to a blockbuster thriller.
But, if the processes leading to the eventual reading of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs Will are thrilling, then its actual contents must have been chilling- perhaps to those opposed to High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs’s right to freely express his will.
The Will, with a memorandum and six codicils, K-Times gathered, states thus:
“I Chief Olu Benson Lulu-Briggs, of the Briggs family of Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area in Rivers State, now residing in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, hereby make publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills, codicils and any other form of a testamentary bequest.
“First, I wish to be buried and for my wife Seinye Lulu-Briggs, if she survives me, to take an active part in my funeral services. I direct that my funeral service be simple and done in Kalabari tradition as allowed by my Christian beliefs in recognition of the dignity of my position as head, Young Briggs House. I request that there be no mourning or weeping. Any member of my family and a beneficiary under this will, who refuses to participate in my burial shall be completely excluded from the benefit under this will as if such person had predeceased me.
“For the reasons specified in a letter, I have executed on the date of this will, I have not made any provision in this will for my sons, Dumo, Senibo or Sofiri. If this will is contested by any of my sons, I request that such a letter be introduced as evidence of the reasons why I have not made any such provision.
“I will establish a trust in Nigeria, the Ebuye Trust, and for the purpose procure the incorporation of holding trust company (ies) in Nigeria. The Ebuye Trust shall be set up broadly in accordance with the following directions,
“The trustees of the trust and directors of the trust holding company(ies) shall, at all times, comprise a maximum of 4 persons, who in the first instance will be His Excellency Donald Duke, Mr John Sassine, Dr. A. Odaga, and Seinye; and in the event that any of them decline to act as trustee or a vacancy otherwise occurs, shall include such other persons as the remaining persons nominated as trustees shall decide.
“The executive trustee and director of the trust holding company (ies) will be Seinye, whilst the other trustees of the trust and directors will act in a non-executive capacity.”
In another schedule, the Will reads: “I, High Chief O.B. Lulu-Briggs, on this 2nd day of October 2012, being of a clear mind and without neither duress nor persuasion do make the following declarations:
1. That my following children namely: Senibo Lulu-Briggs, Dumo Lulu-Brriggs, and Sofiri Lulu-Briggs are expressly excluded from all forms of inheritance from my assets, estates, companies and all forms of property (ies), acquired) by myself or accruing from my interest and all money in all my Bank accounts, both personal, joint and companies where my interests are in existence.
2. That the female by name Nwamma Opusunji brought to me by my cousin, Madam Soton Tom Briggs, who hails from Opobo, is not my daughter and I have never acknowledged her as such. Therefore, I hereby declare that on no account should she be entitled to inherit directly or indirectly from my estates, assets, property (ies) belonging to me or any interest in such business/companies both on my personal acquisition and interest in various companies.”
K-Times also learnt that the oil mogul had directed and handed all his multifaceted multi-billionnaire businesses to the holding trust, the Ebuye Trust. However, provisions were made for the grand-children of High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs, the likes of Mr. Daniel Dumo Lulu-Briggs and others in the Will. The Chief Registrar of the Port Harcourt High Court read the entire Will and Testament of the High Chief O. B. Lulu-Briggs and gave copies to parties present.