Nigerian Embassy in Kenya to rely on DCI’s report on death of Ruth Matete’s husband

Kenyan celebrity Ruth matete with her now deceased Nigerian husband, Blessed John. [Photo courtesy]

The Nigerian High Commission in Nairobi has said it will go by the results of an autopsy conducted by a designated Kenyan pathologist into the death of one of its nationals, Daily Nation reports.

Earlier, there were reports that the Nigerian Embassy in Kenya was mooting to second an independent pathologist during the autopsy of John Olakanmi Apewajoye alias Blessed John.

Blessed John, 42, was the husband to Kenyan gospel musician Ruth Matete. He died on April 11 after suffering severe burns at their Athi River home on March 30.

Nigerian High Commissioner Mahmoud Lawal said the DCI will provide the mission with a detailed report after the autopsy is conducted at the Kenyatta National Hospital on Monday, April 20.

Matete was last week summoned to record a statement by the DCI over the incident where she indicated that her husband suffered the burn when trying to fix their 6kg gas cylinder.

Officials from the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) also visited the scene of the accident and will make its report on the same.

So far, DCI says that issue will be treated as an accident and not foul play as had been touted. DCI said it has no evidence to implicate Matete.

Matete though her lawyer Robert Odanga have hard-pressed Bellevue Hospital citing that they handled the deceased wrongly.
“The hospital needs to answer some questions regarding how they handled the case,” the lawyer said.

Matete is also contemplating suing the supplier of the gas, one Anne Wairimu in a case already filed at the Athi River Police Station.