Bianca’s absence stalls suit on Ojukwu’s estate
The absence of Bianca, widow of late Chief Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu in court yesterday stalled the suit she instituted against Ojukwu Transport Limited (OTL) and seven others at the Lagos High Court, Igbosere.
Bianca had in the suit filed on behalf of her two under-aged children, Afamefuna and Nwachukwu (claimants) urged the court to declare that the children who she had for the late Biafran warlord were entitled to the property on number 29 Oyinkan Abayomi Street, Ikoyi, Lagos, until the harmonisation of the management and administration of the assets of the first defendant (OTL).
At the resumed hearing of the suit yesterday, lawyer to the defendants, Chief George Uwechue (SAN) informed the court of a letter signed by Bianca’s lawyer, Chioma Okoro, stating that she could not be in court as a result of a meeting with the United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation (WTO) Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rafai.
The letter dated October 23, 2015 read in part: “The claimants’ witness, Mrs Bianca Odumegwu Ojukwu, who is the Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, is meeting with UN World Tourism Organisation Secretary-General, Dr. Taleb Rafai on November 9, 2015, in Spain. Kindly find attached a copy of the UNWTO’S letter on the proposed meeting.”
The judge, Justice Abdulfattah Lawal, however said the court did not receive a copy of the letter but stressed the need to give the claimants benefit of the doubt.