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We’ve Mudashiru’s mandate on his Will, Executors insist

By Abdulwahab  Abdulah

LAGOS — As the Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere sets to deliver judgment on the controversy trailing the Will of the late Lagos State Military Governor, Air-Commodore Gbolahan Mudashiru, the Trustees and Executors of the Will have prayed the court to swing judgment in their favour.

Mrs. Folake Mudashiru, on her side, is saying that the administration of the estate and property of her late husband cannot be treated as contained in a Will and testament presented by the trustees.

Through her lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN), she is asking the court to hold that her children, herself and the immediate family of the late military officer are entitled to be the executors and trustees of her late husband’s properties.

However, the Trustees and Executors, who are the defendants in the suit filed by Mrs. Mudasiru, insisted that they were appointed by the deceased “to carry out the instructions of the testator.”

They are Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, Mr.Ladi Cole, Dr. Olufunmilayo Coker, Mrs. Olusola Sowemimo and Mr. A.C. Mkparu.

They told the court that they were named by the deceased as executors and trustees in the Will to carry out his instructions as contained in his last Will.

They argued that the alleged error found in the Will by the applicants was adequately countered-signed by the deceased before his death.

To buttress their case, the lawyer who drafted the said Will, was led in evidence in court to how the Will was written and how the defendants were appointed as the Trustees and Executors of the Will.

Their counsel, Mr. Osahon Idemudia, argued that the court was being misled by the applicants when it referred to a judgment delivered in a UK court on the Trusteeship.

They said the judgment cannot be binding on the Lagos High Court in whatever way.


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