Court restrains woman from partaking in Hosa Okunbo’s funeral

An Edo State High Court in Benin has restrained Edamwen Asemota from partaking in the funeral of billionaire Captain Hosa Okunbo, and also from parading herself as his widow.

Justice V. O. A. Oviawe gave the order on Wednesday while granting an ex-parte application in a suit filed by Nosa Okunbo.

Okunbo died in a London hospital on August 8 after allegedly battling pancreatic cancer. His body was flown into Benin on Wednesday. Okunbo will be buried on Friday.  

Mrs Okunbo was represented in court by her lawyer R. O. Isenalumhe.

Ruling on the application, Justice Oviawe said, “I am satisfied that there is an urgency shown in this application, such as can warrant the granting of the prayer contained in the motion paper, without the necessity of hearing the respondent. At any rate, there is an undertaking as required from the authorities, to pay damages, in the event that the order sought herein, should not have been granted.

“Upon the whole and in the particular consideration of the affidavit in support of the application, I shall proceed to grant the application in the following terms: an order of interim injunction is hereby granted, restraining the defendant/respondent from parading or holding out herself as a widow of the late Captain Idahosa Wells Okunbo and from doing anything that will disrupt the burial, scheduled to begin on October 5, 2021, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”

The case was adjourned till October 21 for hearing of the motion on notice.