Popular gospel singer Ruth Matete has expressed her disappointment at the Nigerian embassy for causing delays in the burial plans of her late West-African husband Pastor John Apewajoye.
Speaking to a local radio station, city lawyer Robert Odanga who represents the artiste-cum-evangelist said that the Nigerian Embassy has refused to release the body to the family despite four autopsies conducted by pathologists from different firms confirming there was no foul play in the 34-year-old’s death.
He also noted that Apewajoye’s family in Nigeria has consented to his remains being buried by Matete.
“Even after conducting the autopsy with four independent pathologists present, the embassy has curtailed our effort to remove John’s body for burial. The family in Nigeria has even written to them (embassy), requesting the body to be released, but they have refused to release it,” said Odanga.
No bad blood…
The deceased’s family seems to be satisfied with the autopsy report that found their kin’s death was purely an accident.
“With regards to the death of our son, John Apewajoye, we request that the corpse should be buried by his Kenyan wife without further delay for his soul to be at peace. All autopsy results duly accepted,” the bereaved wrote to the Nigerian Embassy in Nairobi on April 29.
According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), the Nigerian Embassy asked them to ensure that Apewajoye’s remains are not released for burial.
“We have received communication from the Nigerian High Commission requesting that the body should not be released until consent is granted by the Nigerian Government,” detectives from the agency said shortly after government pathologist, Johansen Oduor released the post mortem results.
This isn’t the first time Nigerian authorities have denied Matete access to her husband’s body.
Just days after his demise, the embassy had also refused to release the body for autopsy after a man alleged to have been the deceased’s manager claimed there were questions on his cause of death.
Through a YouTube video, Jessy McJessiey said the said burns inflicted on John could not have killed his long time friend and client.
But it was later found that Apewajoye, who was expecting his third child and Matete’s first, suffered fatal burns.
The reports he died of multiple organ failure caused by 60 percent burns he sustained in their house at Great Wall Gardens Estate in Athi River on April 11, 2020.
The gospel singer, who is two months pregnant, announced his death via social media, saying John had died while undergoing treatment for burns at a Nairobi health facility.
Matete has since accused Bellevue Hospital of neglecting her husband of five months leading to his death.
Responding to the claims, however, the hospital said, “Our emergency response unit has had the best outcomes in managing a good number of burn cases that have recovered tremendously and discharged from hospital.”
The Tusker Project Fame 5 winner has also filed a complaint against the gas supplier, Anne Wairimu.