The widow of the late Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, Bianca Ojukwu, has urged the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere to refuse an application filed by her late husband’s second child, seeking to be joined as defendant in the suit she filed against the family over property.
Bianca, an ex-beauty queen and former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, had on behalf of her two under-aged children, Afamefuna and Nwachukwu (claimants) dragged Ojukwu Transport Limited (OTL) and seven others before the court over an alleged move by the Ojukwu family to eject her sons from the company’s properties situated in Lagos.
The company (OTL) and its property belong to the grandfather of the claimants, late Sir Louis Odumegbwu Ojukwu.
Ojukwu’s second child, Emeka Odumegwu Ojukwu Jr was not among the 8 defendants dragged before the court by Bianca but in his application seeking to be joined as defendant in the suit, he prayed the court to join him on the grounds that he is a director of the first defendant company (OTL) and by virtue of his position has responsibility to look after the interest of the other children of his late father.
He averred that the claimants in the suit are the last two of the eight children of his late father, and they are represented by their mother who was the last of the six wives of his late father.
The son of the late Biafran warlord prayed the court to join him as defendant in the best interest of justice, stating that any decision in respect of the claims of Bianca’s two children in the suit so far as it relates to his father’s interest in OTL will affect him as the current head of the late Dim Chukwuemeka OJukwu’s family.
However, Bianca’s children in a 12 paragraphs counter affidavit opposed the application for joiner, filed by their elder brother.
The claimants averred that they have no claim or relief whatsoever against their elder brother in the suit.
Bianca’s children averred that the suit can be duly and properly determined without having their elder brother as a defendant in the suit.
The claimant said the application was only a ploy to delay and scuttle the hearing and determination of the suit.
Other defendants in the suit are: Prof Joseph Ojukwu, Engr. Emmanuel Ojukwu; Lotanna Putalora Ojukwu; Dr Patrick Ojukwu; Arch. Edward Ojukwu; Lota Akajiora Ojukwu and Mrs. Massey Udegbe (doing business under Massey Udegbe & Company).
In the suit, Bianca, and her two children, had in their statement of claim, prayed the court to declare that the threat of forceful ejection from 29 Oyinkan Abayomi Street by the defendants is illegal.
She is also asking the court for a declaration that her children are entitled to possess 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.
According to her, the properties were under the possession of late Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, the father of the claimants from the time the properties were released from government acquisition till date.
The claimants stated that throughout the period their father was struggling to retrieve the properties from the government, the second to seventh defendants “never played any role in the struggle nor contributed financially or otherwise to the realisation of the struggle.”
The trial judge, Justice Abdulfattah Lawal had fixed September 14, for argument of the application.