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War over Ojukwu’s will

• Bianca drags Ikemba’s brothers, company to court

From GEOFREY ANYANWU, Awka

Two of the sons of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu born to him by his widow, Ambassador Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu have dragged his siblings to court over the property of Ojukwu Transport Limited (OTL) in their father’s possession. This followed alleged threat of forceful ejection from their No. 29 Oyinkan Abayomi Street, (formerly No. 29 Queens Drive), Ikoyi, Lagos residence by other directors of OTL and the letter by the agent of the company purporting to take over management of the property and others in their late father’s possession.

The duo, Afamefuna and Nwachukwu suing by their next friend and mother, Ambassador Ojukwu in a writ of summons filed by their lawyer, Chris Ezugwu of Faith Attorneys, Dolphin Estate, Lagos in a Lagos High Court in Suit No. LD/1539/12 were claiming a declaration that they “are entitled to the possession and occupation of the property known as No. 29 Oyinkan Abayomi Street, (formerly No. 29 Queens Drive) Ikoyi, Lagos, until the harmonization of the management and administration of the assets of the 1st Defendant (OTL).”  Defendants in the suit are Ojukwu Transport Limited, Professor Joseph Ojukwu,

Engr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, Lotanna Putalora Ojukwu, Dr. Patrick Ojukwu, Arc. Edward Ojukwu, Lota Akajiora Ojukwu and Mr. Massey Udegbe (Doing business under the name and style, Massey Udegbe & Company). Also in their claim are “A declaration that the threat of forceful ejection of the claimants from No. 29 Oyinkan Abayomi Street, Ikoyi, Lagos by the defendants is illegal. A declaration that the claimants are entitled to the possession of properties known as: (a) No. 13, Hawksworth Road, Ikoyi (now known as No. 13 Ojora Road, Ikoyi). (b) No. 32A, Commercial Avenue, Yaba, Lagos. (c) No. 30 Gerard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.

(d) No. 4 Macpherson Avenue, Ikoyi, Lagos; which properties had been under the possession of late Chief Odumegwu Ojukwu – the father of the claimants from the time the properties were released from government acquisition till date.  “An order of court restraining the defendants either by themselves, or through their agents or privies from interfering with the claimants’ possession and control of No. 29, Oyinkan Abayomi Street (formerly No. 29 Queens Drive), Ikoyi, Lagos and an order of court restraining the defendants, their agents or privies or assigns from interfering with the claimants’ possession and control of the properties referred to in paragraph ‘three’ above.”

In a 33-paragraph statement of claim by the claimants, Afamefuna and Nwachukwu, which was confirmed in a 35-paragraph statement on oath of claimants’ witness (Bianca), they averred that their father, the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu was the son of the late Sir Louis Ojukwu, the founder of the 1st defendant, OTL and that “the late Sir Louis Ojukwu, the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Bethram Chukwuemeka Obi and the 2nd defendant (Prof. Ojukwu) are the foundation directors and shareholders of the 1st defendant.

They claimed that OTL over the years acquired 14 landed property in Lagos and one Port Harcourt, which were at a time compulsorily acquired by the Federal Government but later released to it following the struggle for the release of the property from acquisition by their father, the late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu.  Furthermore, OTL they claimed acquired eight landed property in the course of its operations over the years, seven in Onitsha and one in Lagos, stressing: “The several landed properties of the 1st defendant enumerated in paragraphs 10 and 11 above and numbering about 25 were separately occupied and/or managed by the late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants each of whom assumed possession and control of at least five of such properties.”

They averred that throughout the period their father was “struggling with government for the release of the properties subject matter of this suit and other properties now being controlled by the 2nd – 7th defendants from acquisition, the 2nd – 7th defendants never played any role in the struggle nor contributed financially or otherwise to the realisation of the struggle.”

However, when contacted, the defendants in the suit declined comment but disclosed that their lawyers were on the matter and would make their response known soon.   It could be recalled that the late Ikemba had in his will read last week appointed his widow, Ambassador Odumegwu Ojukwu to represent him or appoint who would represent him on the board of OTL, just as he advised in the will that the landed property of OTL except Nnewi Building be shared among directors of the company appropriately.

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48 Comments

  1. Goodwill Oleka December 8, 2012 at 1:12 am

    Bianca is a very greedy woman, she has a lot of money to throw about if not why should she support her children to fight over the properties which was not even in the will of late Ikemba which she doctored.

    • Omon Osiki December 8, 2012 at 6:08 am

      I think you have a point! What is this: “They averred that throughout the period their father was “struggling with government for the release of the properties subject matter of this suit and other properties now being controlled by the 2nd – 7th defendants from acquisition, the 2nd – 7th defendants never played any role in the struggle nor contributed financially or otherwise to the realisation of the struggle.” Should “First-born(s)” or other privileged people not fight for the interest of their siblings?

      • Giles December 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm

        D point is dat d propety was ceased bcos of him ikemba

    • Chief Akpaniko December 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

      Why did Ikemba not share to his sons and wife to create peace among them? Its not about Bianca. Now this issue will for a long time divide the family. LET ALL LEARN TO FORGIVE AND LEAVE BEHIND A BETTER WORLD.

  2. Ayaka December 8, 2012 at 1:44 am

    This is old news.

  3. James4st December 8, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Igbos with money and property? They can stake their life 4 it. Let’s watch and see the end of dis movie.

    • Seun December 8, 2012 at 4:33 am

      Igbo again fighting on the pages of newspaper for money and property. How can someone allow one of these people to become the president of this beloved nation? Today armed robber, tomorrow kidnapper. When God created an Igbo man, he made money his wife. Beware! These people can kill you for money

      • Which Way Nigeria December 8, 2012 at 5:25 am

        Let them fight for the dead man properties, one day they themselves will die and leave those properties behind. Seek the face of GOD first.

      • Yadudu December 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm

        You are right, this people are the Nigeria number one problem. They are the ivention of evil things. Drug Pusher, 419, Highway Robber, Kidnaper they even kidnap a state Governor/ Bribery they are number one, embezzlements they number one. Coup ploter they are expert in it. Nigeria should just let them have their Biafra Republic so that we can have peace. Bianca should go to her duty post.

    • peter omelazu December 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm

      yOU ARE A MAD MAN.iS YOUR TRIBE AND FAMILY IMMUNED FROM SOCIAL DISPUTE

  4. Chizoba December 8, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Is unfortunate how people think, What has igbos got to do with people struggling for their own father’s property? When Abiola Died can you remember what happened among his children? and even now, what has happened to the estate he left behind? or is Abiola family igbo too? Please if you don’t have anything to contribute close your stinking mouth and stop your exhibition of hate towards the igbos

  5. Steve December 8, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Tired of this news, pls.

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  7. ThankGod Ifeduba December 8, 2012 at 5:05 am

    embarrasing. But let justice prevail. Its wrong to maltreat a widow

  8. Dele Odugbemi December 8, 2012 at 5:09 am

    @Seun, this is not Igbo matter. Please note that struggle and fighting are common occurrences after the death of a rich man be it Igbo, Yoruba or any tribe. All human beings are greedy one way or the other and there is no tribe in Nigeria that has not got high appetite for acquiring wealth either legally or illegally, however, the approach to it may differ.
    Bianca should see herself as a mother to all the Children and discourage court litigation on Ojukwu’s estate that could tear the family apart, the Children should also note that fighting because of their late father’s estate will erode the respect people have for their father as a fighter for freedom, justice and equity.

  9. Eazyboyy December 8, 2012 at 5:12 am

    From Day1 I never trust dis Bianca of a lady! Anyway what do u expect when an ugly man marry a beautiful demon 10x younger than him. Let them take those Bianca children to DNA to know if Ojukwu is really their father! GBAM!!!





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  10. sunny December 8, 2012 at 5:50 am

    wifes are 2 bad b/c i know those wife of urs berings the problem, so women beware,

  11. INNOMACO DE INNOVATOR December 8, 2012 at 6:15 am

    SEUN OR NSHIEWU YOU MUST BE A BASTARD TO OPEN YOUR STINKING AND DIRTY MOUTH TO TALK RUBBISH AGAINST THE IGBOS. BY THE WAY YOU PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN RULING THE COUNTRY ARE YOU BETTER THAN THE IGBOS OR HAVE THE COUNTRY FARED BETTER UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP. IS

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  13. Orahachi December 8, 2012 at 7:08 am

    Bianca hmmm

  14. Uchebest December 8, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Bianca must make FORBES rich list thats her terget.

  15. UZOTEX December 8, 2012 at 8:02 am

    @Dele odugbami,u must be a noble man to talk reasonably and unbiasedly,well done. Seun or ‘nshiewu,’ since as an area boy who lack home training that u are,u should take Dele’s advice ok.

  16. Judgement is for sure December 8, 2012 at 8:23 am

    The blood of the 2 million ibos killed and starved by Ojukwu because of his crave for power, rather than freedom for the IBOS is about to speak, with time, the family will be torn apart and what they are all fighting for will be turned to ruins. The sin of the father will now be taken from his so called ambassador wife and her children. Who says blood does not speak?

    • nsikak December 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

      My friend reread your history and desist from making statements like this. Ojukwu was literally forced by the Igbo to declare Biafra following the genocide in the North and he started prosecuting the war using his and his father’s resources. Most people in this forum are biased against Bianca but I believe she is an Ojukwu and has the right to fight for herself and for her children.

  17. fitex December 8, 2012 at 8:31 am

    Litigation will not help in this matter.Bianca & others pls shun greed & embrace dialogue.

  18. ema eke December 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

    All of u talking trash about Bianca dosnt have brains, 1.wills are never forged Becaus there are witneses, barister and signature. Or is it bianca that brought the other strang daugther that got. Hotel ?? 2. ikemba said said bianca shaould take over his shares of transport company and they said no. So they will keep their shares and also take ikembas own ,??? And when bianca kid grow they wount have a feel of the transp shares.?? I’m asking u , yess uu reading it.(na igbere anyi na la na ikwu naa obugi na ikwu nnee)

  19. OBIAKOR December 8, 2012 at 9:56 am

    WHY ALL THESES NONSENCE, WHY IS BIANCA SO MUCH INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING WEALTH? I THOUGHT SHE IS FROM A RICH HOME TOO? WHY IS SHE NOT FIGHTING OVER C.C. ONOH’S (HER FATHER) WEALTH? ARE THOSE KIDS NOT ENTITLE TO ONOH’S WEALTH AS THEIR GRANDFATHER? GOV. OBI, YOU BETTER ADVISE BIANCA PROPERLY, IF SHE WILL LISTEN TO YOU.

  20. Stine Chykee December 8, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Seun and co you see why we Igbos will forever better than your greedy,selfish,coward,useless,stupid,bias,sentimental tribe called Yoruba becouse Igbos name were always in you people lips and Igbo name will torments you tribe of Yoruba for the rest of your life in Jesus name,Amene.See Kettle calling Pot black,hmmm wonders they said shall never seize Yorubas,we all knows greedy,mean,wicked and selfish you people can be becouse of money.Babalawo,Juju,Ritualist infested tribe call Yoruba

  21. Nora Saro December 8, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Dip for diplomatic; Dry for dry-land tourist, tup for Topper Norris!
    See de ‘hypocrites, dem a-galang deh. So you want all for yourself alone, and you don’t think about the other man. Let me tell you my friend if you gonna live this life, It’s not good for you to build strife. Want all lose all, Then I know the wicked must fall. I say wanty, wanty cyaan get it oh no, And getty, getty no want it. Craven a-go choke puppy, yeah the craven dog will lose her bone (whoo) Grafting after something else can’t take it for themselves alone. Go to hell Nigeria, truth is an offense but not a sin.

    Is he who laugh last, children Is he who win? Is a foolish dog Bark at the flying bird? One sheep herd must learn, children
    to respect the shepherd. Jah Jah Live children, Fool say in their heart BIAFRA your God is dead, but I and I know,Jah Jah Dread it shall be Dreader Dread.

  22. kola amodu December 8, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Stine i said it before, ur brain is damaged n de remaining one that is not damaged is under ur left foot. I wonder what kind of man gave birth to u fool. Yorubas will continue to chase u till u pafuka . Onye ara

  23. Stine Chykee December 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

    We all know that late Dim Ojukwu in his Will stated that Iyom Bianca should be appointed as his representer of OTL and he also directed that all the landed properties acquires by the OTL should be shared equally by the members of the OTL so wats all this feus and did this people wanted to sidelined Iyom Bianca and claimed all the properties wen its not only them that suposed to owned the properties.As for you Seun and your Yoruba cohort please dododo you people should mind una bisuness and stop puting una dirty mouth in Igbo affairs becouse its obvious that there is know tangible contribution you Yorubas will contribute in anything that concerns Igbos rather you Yorubas wilk keep criticising Igbos and calling them names.I wonder wat Igbo and money got to do with Ojukwu case wen Seun and co begining to call the whole names, but wen we Igbos start our own now you Yorubas will start crying wolves,so Yorubas mind una bisunesss and leave Igbo alone

  24. The insider December 8, 2012 at 11:02 am

    Ikemba’s brothers should allow Amb. Bianca and her children to be,because when Ikemba was alive none of them went to meet Ikemba over any issue concerning properties.
    When Ikemba was fighting the Federal Republic of Hausa/Fulani and Lagos State Government of Oduduwa,where were they,now that DIKE DI ORA MMA has gone,they think they can intimidate his widow.I do not think so,because she learnt a lot of things from her late husband.Outwardly she is a lady but inwardly she is a brave,fearless and courageous man.
    I want to profess and prophesy that these men will eventually bury their heads in shame.
    But my question is this,does it mean that these men cannot survive without those properties.

  25. Stine Chykee December 8, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Kola Amodu i dont have time for a brainless,imbecile,bastard,fool like you becouse exchanging conversation with you will make me equally fool like you but i will drop this piece of words to you so that you will be able to retrace and examine your already delapidated brain.As for the James4st,Seun and co that abused and criticised Igbos only wat i say to you people is to remove the particles in your eyes so that you be able to see clearly to remove another man’s own

    • Seun December 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

      @Stine Chykee,
      Which primary school did you graduate from? or maybe you made your own dictictionary? it is “because” and not “becouse”. Go and learn how to construct proper english otherwise you will be making full out of yourself crazy ignoramus

  26. Stine Chykee December 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The Insider i support your point,dont mind some enemies of progress out there who compromised the truth.Wen late Odumegwu Ojukwu fighting to recover back the OTL and other properties from the FG non of these wolves joined nor even contributed kobo but after recovering all the seized poroperties and wen he was now no more they thought they can supress and intimidate Iyom Bianca all becouse she is a woman and now a widow just as the families of the diesesed man used to supressed and sliped all the inheritance of their late brother from his wife but those era has gone.I wonder why some people that comments in this forum could be so mean ,biased and wicked by not seeing in this pure angle that late Ojukwu peaple wanted to corner all the properties to themselves and left the diesesed wife Bianca and her children with nothing

  27. Isa Jantan December 8, 2012 at 11:24 am

    seun you are always stupid on your comment regarding igbo affairs, people like you always feel intimidated sighting the presents of igbo man, this inborn greed and hatred of yorubas is why awolowo sign a policy that ensures igbos are wipe off on the sufface of this earth during the war, bc of complex problem. achebe even mentioned it in his book he lunched recently, After the war. Every igboa if you have billions in your account you will be given 1 shillings, what happen to today, igbo have develope lagos, go to festac, okoata, vgc, ajo estate ikoyi, lekki and the rest, ONE THING IS SURE SHEUN WE ARE THE JEWS OF THIS NATION, WE ARE BURN TO BE GREAT, WE ARE GOING TO RULE THIS COUNTRY, AKUNYILIE MADE IT, EZEKWEZILI MADE IT, OKONJI IWUALA, MADE IT, PROFFESSOR OF ENGLISH, FORMER SENATE PRESIDENT OKIGBO, your people never allowed him to live seeing the vibrancy in him, bc hes always ready to rubbish your biro stealing contractors, they know go school which they claim they did, the detaste your tribe and culture of having sex with your sons

  28. okey December 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    ALWAYS PROUD TO BE AN IGBO BOY!!!

  29. E.Frank December 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    @Seun, u’re in danger 4havin opened ur useles mouth against d Igbos, d danger is dis: Curse b upon u; as u no like money, may d source of ur income sieze. Amen! &may u beg 4rm d Igbos 2eat, so dat u wil hv respect 4gifted Pple like d Igbos. Animal wey no like money dat’s what u’re….. GBAM!

  30. Usman December 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    As mortals, it is a lesson for all of us. One day we will leave behind all the wealth and assets we so much labour to accumulate whether by hook or by crook. And soon we fade into oblivion and hardly remembered even by those we always considered most dear to us. What matters is the wealth. What matters is who gets the lion share. People can go to any extent to Intimidate and deny the rightful owners, without any fear that God will hold us accountable. In Islam, this problem is less frequent because there is a sharing formular divinely ordained ab initio. So every one-a son, a daughter, a wife, a brother or even an unborn fetus-know what fraction of the wealth is duly his/hers. It is not a question of the strong or the smartest!

  31. Uchebest December 8, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Trust fund brats..non of them gat the entreprenunial spirit of their grand father louis ojukwu.

  32. Brighten December 8, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    @ E.Frank,why must you curse somebody,are you God? If you people are so great go home and develop your region and stop claiming what you are not.Charity begins at home!

  33. Ndubuisi amakeze December 8, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Amb.Bianca pls go back 2ur duty post,othewise i wil advise GEJ 2replace u ,ur attn is needed in spain…we ar stil mournin ikemba!

  34. Toks December 8, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    A good lesson to men marrying all these young girls.Should the end of Ojuku be like this

  35. Pep December 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Frm all angle i know lkembe (Ezeigbo) really luv his wife bianca bt my qustn is if his late father sir Louis handover all his properties, d houses in lagos,kaduna nd kano,d transport company nd bank account 2 a woman where wil he had gotten money 2 fight war 4 igbos which earn him a name dat we celebrated 2day in our land or did he nt believed in his son dat what he believe on nd cldnt achieved in life can be achieve 4 him in dead by his son or his he Solomon of our days

  36. Johny December 8, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    In this ocation, bianka has no need to be blame.as u can see she is a married woman to ojukwe’s family.and also in a polygamous family, her children has every right to reclaim that which ojukwu was not serious about, for themself.

  37. ali sunday December 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Our judicial system should play a better role in this case, they ar d last hope of those rich people so we ar looking 4ward 2 see dem come up wit better solutn

  38. Kelvin December 8, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    That’s the vanity of life. ‘One man’s labor, another man’s fortune’, it’s a circle that revolves over and over. But don’t let it catch you, hence you will play along. That’s the world for you. The rich will get richer by all means, but the humble will always take it to heart, that the mundanes are dust and vanities of life. “Life does not consist on the abundance of the things it possesses,” says the holy book.

  39. pappy December 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    People who were critizising Binca are not being truthful to themselves. If you are in her shoe,what would you do?Leave the entrusted properties entirely for her husband siblings just because she is rich? or just because she is a woman?Am sorry,it is never done anywhere.They should rather share the properties equitably and let her do whatever she likes with her own share.Please,gentlemen let us put sentiment apart on this forum

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