•Says lawyer, Bianca playing games
From DAVID ONWUCHEKWA, Nnewi
The heir of the late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Emeka Jr., yesterday debunked the defence put up by Mr. Emeka Onyemelukwe that all family members were invited before the late Ikemba Nnewi’s Will was read. Emeka Jr said both Onyemelukwe and Ambassodor Bianca Ojukwu were playing games with the wishes of his father.
Recall that Onyemelukwe had claimed that he sent text messages to the members of the Ojukwu family and made repeated phone calls to inform them of their father’s Will to be read on that date. However, addressing newsmen in Nnewi yesterday, Emeka Jr said: “The issue is not about struggling for property. We, his (late Ikemba’s) children are all doing well. It is about a blatant attempt to subvert the wishes of my father. It’s a matter of principle.
I will not join issues with Onyemelukwe again in the media. If it becomes necessary to issue statements they will be issued as appropriate. I did not say that I don’t know him (Onyemelukwe) as a human being. I said he is not the lawyer that wrote Ezeigbo’s Will, I know many people and all of them are not lawyers. I know many lawyers all of them are not Ezeigbo’s lawyers. I know several of Ezeigbo’s lawyers. All of them did not write Ezeigbo’s Will.
The lawyer that wrote Ezeigbo’s Will is not Onyemelukwe. Emeka also explained that whatever changes Onyemelukwe had allegedly introduced in the original Will was what they were questioning. “He claims to be the family lawyer, yet, it is on record that he is attacking a member of that family in the press. When he claimed that I was lying about Ezeigbo’s condition, the events of last year proved that I was right and that indeed Ezeigbo was not armed up and exercising and did not return in March as Onyemelukwe promised.
“Furthermore, he claims to be the family lawyer, yet, apparently he does not have our phone numbers based on his own statements. It seems that the only number he didn’t have is Bianca’s number. Is it normal to invite people to the reading of a Will by a text message? “If I did not receive the so called text message, what of the other family members? Did they also not receive their text messages or are they lying also?
When he sent the text message did he receive any acknowledgment that they were received by anybody? If he did not receive acknowledgment what efforts did he make as the so- called family lawyer to reach out to the family members? Were they invited to make sure they attended? Did he send them registered letters? Did he visit them? “When in court that morning, he did not see any of Ezeigbo’s children or any of his direct family members, did he not have the option of adjourning and set another date to make all who needed to be there to have the opportunity to be there.
They are obviously playing games,” Emeka Jr concluded.