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Gospel Musician Fights Nigerian Embassy Over Dead Husband’s Funeral



Popular gospel musician, Ruth Matete is in court to force the Nigerian High Commission in the country to pay for her deceased husband’s mortuary bills.

The corpse of her husband, John Apewajoye, a Nigerian national, has been lying at Kenyatta National Hospital’s mortuary since early April.

Its release was blocked by the Nigerian High Commission blocked as it was bent on conducting its own investigation into the death of its citizen.

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John Apewajoye, 42, passed on in April 11 at a hospital in Kenya where he was admitted for burns he suffered while fixing a gas cylinder at the couple’s home.

The gospel musician who is three months pregnant, told police investigators that her late husband had taken a gas cylinder out of the kitchen to check up for a leakage.

She added that he lit a match to check if it works. The fire ignited a huge blast and her husband was engulfed in flames in no time.

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Her husband rushed into the house to call for a help. Ruth Matete further stated that she used a blanket to cover him in an attempt to douse the fire.

Neighbours came to her aid after hearing her screams and the injured man was taken to a nearby hospital for medical attention.

An autopsy on her deceased husband pointed to multiple organ failures exacerbated by the burn injuries he sustained in the fire accident.

Attempts to have her husband buried in Kenya with his family’s consent was blocked by the Nigerian High Commission in the country who suspected foul play.

Ruth Matete thus initiated a legal suit to compel the high commission to release her husband’s corpse for her to bury him in the east African country.