Oyegun, Ribadu, Oshiomhole, others gather in Benin as Omoigui, mother of ex-FIRS boss, killed by robbers, is buried

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Tears and tributes poured in torrent in Benin City, the Edo State capital, on Friday as the remains of Grace Onaiwu Omoigui were interred.

Mrs Omogui, more popularly called ‘Mama G’ by her family, friends and beneficiaries of her humanitarian work, embarked on her home journey after family, friends and sympathisers lavishly celebrated the life of sacrifice, example and service to humanity she lived.

There were farewell songs, tributes and prayers in abundance as dignitaries from all parts of the country – diplomats, politicians, clergy, traditional rulers, civil society activists, anti-corruption promoters and ordinary citizens converged to eulogise and bid her goodbye.

Led by the Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and the Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu; the funeral ceremonies also brought other very important personalities such as the former Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole; the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, John Odigie-Oyegun; a former Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Nuhu Ribadu; Executive Chairman of Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler; and the Bishop of the Church of God Mission International, Margaret Idahosa amongst others.

The public lying-in-state as well as music and tributes programmes held in the morning and afternoon at the SIO Events Centre on Red Cross Road in Benin City while the funeral mass held in the evening at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church on Airport Road, also in Benin.

In his brief homily at the funeral mass, the Parish Priest of the church, Paul Enow, said that there was life after death and therefore, offered prayer for the repose of the soul of the deceased and her acceptance for eternal life.

The church programme particularly witnessed the filing and paying of last respect to the deceased by all those in attendance.

Earlier, during a bouquet of tributes and songs, Charles Ajuya, a former aide of the deceased, read a letter that emotionally touched the audience, which he said she personally wrote to her at a time, to show her kind-heartedness.

In another tribute, Andy Okosun, on behalf of the management and staff of Dagomo Foundation, established by Mrs. Omoigui, declared December 28 of every year, the date of Mrs Omoigui’s post-humous birthday, as a day for free elderly care in honour of the deceased.

He further declared the non-governmental organization’s commitment to staying true to the deceased’s resolve to always uphold justice, which was synonymous with her work in Lagos as a magistrate and also behind her challenge of the armed robbers who attacked and shot her in Benin.

Mrs Omoigui, teacher, lawyer, magistrate and a lover of music, died in a Lagos hospital on November 19, 2016 from gunshot wounds she suffered during an attack by dare devil armed robbers in Benin City, Edo State, on October 24, 2016.


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  • Charles Ajuyah

    I am Charles Ajuyah SAN and former attorney general of Delta State. I was not an aide to late Mrs Grace Omoigui as erroneously published by Premium Times today. I was classmate to Ifueko and keyed into her motherly love and I am appreciative of her life and times. I shared the contents of her letter to me to make my tribute

  • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

    Shame on certificate forger and perjurer Mohammadu Buhari and his party, APC, for inability to guarantee the safety and security of Nigerians.

    • Pat

      Were you save while your idol, Jonathan, was in power diverting money meant for national security to private pockets and accounts?

    • Uyi Osa

      With due respect, Omooba, Buhari is not responsible for the current state of insecurity in Nigeria. And, just so we are clear about my position, I am neither a fan nor an admirer of Buhari’s.

      The undermining of individual safety is something which began way before Buhari took up office as president of Nigeria.
      Every successive government – military and civilian- has done its bit to foist insecurity on Nigeria. It serves their unholy intentions to have the masses scared and running around in confusion.

      The current dispensation of the so-called democratic government, going back to 1999, has simply taken advantage of the nation’s failure in providing gainful employment for its citizens, to create private armies of thugs and cultists for the sole purpose of intimidating and eliminating political opponents.
      The trouble for the ordinary Nigerian is that when these thugs aren’t working for their political sponsors , they become free to unleash hell on ordinary folks.

      The biggest trouble is that when these marauding thugs and professional robbers are eventually caught, there is usually a highly placed politician who steps in to ensure that justice is not served !

      • Omooba Adekunle Orafidiya

        Thank you for your comprehensive and insightful post. My point, though, is that Buhari ought to have improved on the security situation he inherited.