6th February, 2022
The body of former Head of the Interim National Government (ING) Ernest Shonekan is enjoying eternal rest in a Lagos vault costing between N30 -N50 million.
A staff member of Ebony Vaults, Ikoyi, the funeral company that handled the burial, informed The ICIR that the cost of the vault was above N30 million.
But the staff, identified as Temitope Alebiosu, did not disclose the exact cost.
When asked about the cost of the casket, she said it was in the range of N8 million.
Another staff of Ebony Vaults, Tunde Babalola, told The ICIR that the cost of vaults in the premium category ranged from N30 million and above.
Babalola refused to state the exact cost of the vault Shonekan was buried in, but he pointed out that it was specially customised for the family.
“The one we used for Shonekan, something similar can be in the range of N45 million to N50 million depending on which one someone wants.
“The premium cost is between N30 and N35 million,” he said.
Shonekan died 11 January in Lagos at the age of 85.
His state funeral service last Friday held at the Cathedral Church of Christ, Lagos was attended by many dignitaries, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Others were Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon; and former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The governors in attendance were Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and Godwin Obaseki (Edo).
Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; and Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, also attended.