The trial in the existing legal fight between Bianca, the widow of the late Ikemba of Nnewi, Chief Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, and his brothers over the family estate continued yesterday before a Lagos state High Court sitting at Igbosere where she told the court that among his wives when he was alive, she was the only woman legally married to him as they were married traditionally, in the law court as well as in the church.
Bianca, who had initiated the case on behalf of her two under-aged children, Afamefuna and Nwachukwu, in her evidence-in-chief, admitted before Justice Abdulfattah Lawal that she was not a shareholder in Ojukwu Transport Limited, OTL, neither were her sons and also acknowledged that Ojukwu has eight children including her under-aged children Afamefuna and Nwachukwu who are claimants in the case.
During cross examination, the former beauty queen of Nigeria pointed out to the court that the suit was filed for the preservation of the rights of her own children and not the other children of Ojukwu.
Mrs. Bianca, who had on behalf of her two under-aged children (the claimants), taken Ojukwu Transport Limited (OTL) and seven others before the Lagos state High Court sitting in Ogbosere over a supposed move by the family to remove her sons from the company’s property located in Lagos, further notified the court that some properties of the OTL in question had been in the custody of her husband before his death, adding that he was the one collecting the rent of the said properties.
She had asked the court to proclaim that her children are entitled to possess and occupy one of the properties identified as No 29 Oyinkan Abayomi Street, Ikoyi Lagos until the harmonization of the management and administration of the assets of the first defendant, OTL.
Similarly, she also pleaded with the court to declare that her children have the legal right to own the following property, namely: No. 13 Hawksworth Road, Ikoyi (now known as No. 13 Ojora Road); No. 32A Commercial Avenue, Yaba, Lagos; No. 30 Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos and No. 30 McPherson Avenue, Ikoyi.
As she claimed, the properties were under the ownership of the father of the claimants, late Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, from the time the properties were released from government possession till date.
According to the claimants, throughout the period their father was making every effort to repossess the properties from the government, the second to seventh defendants “never played any role in the struggle nor contributed financially or otherwise to the realization of the struggle.”
Nevertheless, the judge, Justice Lawal, adjourned the matter till 2nd February, 2016, for the continuation of the cross examination of Bianca.
The following people are the defendants in the suit: Prof Joseph Ojukwu, Lotanna Putalora Ojukwu, Engr. Emmanuel Ojukwu; Dr Patrick Ojukwu; Lota Akajiora Ojukwu; Arch. Edward Ojukwu and Mrs Massey Udegbe (doing business under Massey Udegbe & Company).