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Ojukwu’s will: Company rejects Bianca as New Director, son heads to court

Widow of late Biaf-ran leader, Dim Chukwuemeka  Odu-megwu Ojukwu,
Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, and her children were said to have been more
favoured than their other relations in the sharing of their father’s
property as Ojukwu’s Will was read at the Enugu High Courton Friday, November 30.

The Will which was expected to have brought peace to the family now
wrangling over who should control the assets left behind by the late
Ikemba Nnewi since his demise on November 26, last year, has however
been rejected by some of the beneficiaries through Emeka Ojukwu jnr.
Consequent to the many controversies surrounding the Will of late
Biafran Lord, Dim Ojukwu, the director of one his companies, Ojukwu
Transport Company Limited has denied his wife, Bianca Ojukwu the
position of Director and trustee member of the company.

Mr. Ifeukwu Ojukwu, the director claimed that before the death of the
Warlord, he didn’t dictate who the trustees or directors of OTC should
be. However, Ojukwu, who was the Ikemba of Nnewi, had directed, in his
Will, that Bianca, should replace him as a trustee of OTL even when the
Will is still in contest and yet to be accepted by members of the
family.

According to the director who is based in Boston, Untied State,
“Bianca is neither a trustee member nor a Director of OTL and it is good
to note that OTL is a different property from the things the late
Ikemba Ojukwu had and the directorship cannot be transferred through a
Will.”

Meanwhile, Counsel to the late Ikemba, Chief Emeka Onyemelukwe,
insisted that the Will he read last Friday at the Enugu State High Court
Registrar was genuine.

While reacting to Emeka Ojukwu’s claims that he manipulated the Will,
Onyemelukwe, said the Will was registered in the Enugu High Court on
July 9, 2005, while the codicil, which was to give details and correct
any mistakes in the Will, was dated December 16, 2009.

The Barrister also tendered documents at a press conference in Enugu
as proofs to his argument. He stated that he had been close to the late
Ojukwu since his return from exile in Cote d’Ivoire in 1982, thus all
Ojukwu’s legal papers, including those of properties and chattels willed
to Emeka Jnr were still in his possession.

Acting according to Igbo tradition, Ojukwu Jnr. has taken over his
father’s residence in Nnewi. He argued that even if the Will had not
covered the Nnewi residence, it was traditionally statutory that he as
the first son should take over his father’s house.
“According to the Igbo tradition that the first son would inherit his father’s house and compound on the event of his death.”

Ojukwu Jnr, also made known his plans to take the content of the Will to court to fight for his rights

Tireni Adebayo

Tireni Adebayo is the Editor of Kemi Filani News. She has BSC in Mass Communication from the Redeemer's University and M.A in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos (2014 - 2015) where she majored in Public Relations and Advertising and Digital Media.  When she is not writing, she is either listening to music or reading her favorite books. Tel: +2348000000901 Address: Herbert Macaulay, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria Email: tireni.adabayo@kemifilani.ng

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