Ex-Lagos Military Administrator Ndubuisi Kanu To Be Buried On Friday, Court Rules

A screengrab taken on October 11, 2021, shows the front gate of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja.


A Lagos High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has ordered that the burial of the late former military administrator of Lagos, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, can hold on October 15.

Justice Christopher Balogun gave the order on Monday after listening to all parties in the case.

“Having been informed that there are security issues involved in the burial, especially with the upcoming convention of the All Progressive Congress (APC), the earlier date of burial – the 16th of October – as ordered by his brother judge, Justice Babajide Candide-Johnson (now retired), will not be feasible,” he held.

By the joint agreement of all the lawyers and their clients, the court approved Friday for the burial of the late military officer in Abia State.

The proceedings lasted for about six hours during which time Justice Balogun listened to all the lawyers, as well as his second wife, Gladys Ndubuisi Kanu, who filed the suit, the first daughter, Simone Nnenna Abiona, other children present in court – Audrey Joe-Ezigbo née Kanu, Paula Ndidiamaka Kanu, Jeffrey Alozie Kanu, Samantha Ndubuisi Kanu, Laura Ndubuisi Kanu, and two elders from Ovim community, the families’ community in Abia State.

He also ordered the Nigerian Navy to ensure a befitting burial for the late rear admiral and make sure the body was protected prior to the burial and for the burial.

The court also directed the navy to prepare the body of late Rear Admiral Kanu in his full regalia and fly his remains from its military cantonment in Ojo, Lagos on Wednesday to the Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri, Imo State for the commencement of the burial rites.

In Owerri, his body shall be identified by the Ada of the family (the first daughter), in accordance with traditional rites after which it would proceed to the Imo State Government House where the body would be received by the governor and the people for the first leg of the ceremony – a lying in state at the Government House Chapel.

Thereafter, the body would be kept intact and moved by the Nigerian Navy to Abia on Thursday for the full burial rites.

The court also directed that all parties should be entitled to participate jointly in the burial with all traditional rites to be performed.

Justice Balogun ordered all parties to maintain and keep the peace before adjourning the substantive case to November 15 for mention.

Lawyers to Mrs Kanu and some of the children of the late rear admiral commended the court’s ruling.

The substantive case filed by Mrs Kanu seeks to validate her position as the only legal wife, as well as an order of the court directing the respondents, their agents, or privies, not to threaten her and to allow her properly to prepare for the burial.

At the last sitting of the court on Thursday last week, Justice Balogun had ordered the Nigerian Navy not to release the body of the late military administrator to anybody for burial.

Sanwo-Olu Mourns Former Military Administrator Of Lagos, Ndubuisi Kanu


Late Ndubuisi Kanu


Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed sadness over the death of the chairman of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd).

Ndubuisi Kanu, a retired Naval Officer and former military governor of Imo State between 1976 and 1977 died at a hospital in Lagos on Wednesday morning at the age of 77 years after a brief illness.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in a condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, on Wednesday, described the late Kanu as a complete gentleman and officer, saying the former military administrator contributed immensely to the development of Lagos State during his short tenure of office.

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The Governor praised the late Rear Admiral Kanu’s contribution to the country’s democracy, especially his fight, alongside the progressive elements in the country during the dark days of the military junta for the enthronement of constitutional democracy in Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu said the nation would miss the rich experience and knowledge of the late Naval Officer and democrat.

He said: “On behalf of the Government and people of Lagos State, I want to express my sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and comrades of late Ndubuisi Kanu as well as the Nigerian Navy, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and the country in general.

“As one of Nigeria’s advocates of good governance, restructuring, and true federalism, the late Ndubusi Kanu will be sorely missed by the people.”

“The death of Rear Admiral Kanu is a colossal loss to the country. He made lots of positive impact and contribution during his lifetime to the growth and development of Lagos State and Nigeria. He fought, along with several other patriots tirelessly for a united Nigeria during his days in the Nigerian Navy as well as a member of a pro-democracy group after he retired from service.

“He wrote his name in gold as a tireless fighter and an advocate of democratic government. He played a leading role as chieftain of NADECO in the agitation for the actualisation of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election and return of civilian government on May 29, 1999.”

The Governor reminded Lagosians that the best way to immortalise the deceased is to ensure that good governance the deceased and others fought for spreads to every facet of the society.

“We must ensure that the people enjoy the dividend of democracy, which the late Ndubuisi Kanu and other heroes and heroines of democracy in Nigeria fought for. Development must touch the lives of the people directly. This is the best way to immortalise the late Ndubuisi Kanu because this is a virtue he lived for,” Sanwo-Olu stated.

Ex-Lagos Military Administrator, Ndubuisi Kanu Is Dead


A former military administrator of Lagos State, Ndubuisi Kanu, has died.

Mr Kanu died on Wednesday after a brief illness.

He was 77.

A retired rear admiral of the Nigerian Navy, he was also a one-time military administrator in Imo State.

He was a pro-democracy activist and was one of the notable and prominent voices in the defunct National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), an organisation dedicated to the revalidation of the June 12, 1993, election of MKO Abiola which was annulled by the military administration of General Babangida.

Rear Admiral Kanu will also be remembered for his role in NADECO and constant criticisms of the military junta of the late Sani Abacha.