Bianca’s ab­sence stalls suit on Ojukwu’s es­tate

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ya­haya Ibrahim, Lagos

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.

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