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Okotie-Eboh family wants court to halt sale of property

By Innocent Anaba
The family of First Republic Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, has urged a Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere  to reverse the purported sale of the deceased’s property to Dangote Nigeria Limited.

Six of the deceased’s children and his company, Festus Okotie-Eboh and Sons Ltd., in the suit, are contending that the property on 15, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, was purportedly sold by one of the late Minister’s daughters, Mrs. Alero Jadesimi, without the consent of other family members.

The plaintiffs are contending that Mrs Jadesimi, one of the seven directors of the deceased’s company, which owned the property, lacked the powers to unilaterally sell same without the approval of the other directors.

The other directors in their statement of claim, are contending that they only learnt last August that the said property, being inhabited by some of the deceased’s children and their families, was sold, a deed of assignment executed and the state’s governor’s consent obtained.

They  alleged that the said deed of assignment was signed by a person other than the deceased company’s secretary, Mr. Jude Ngobili, who deniedg ever agreeing to the sale of the property and authorising Mrs. Jadesimi to sell same.

According to their averment, “some officials purporting to be from ‘the Governor Monitoring Team’ allegedly acting for the purported buyer, made attempt last weekend to demolish the said property, but for the timely intervention of the state’s Police Commissioner.”

The plaintiffs are the late Minister’s  company, Dr. Clara Akele, Mrs. Grace Aduro, Bawo, Emmanuel, Adolo and Lawrence Okotie-Eboh, while the defendants are Dangote Ltd, Mrs. Jadesimi, the Registrar of Titles, Lagos State, the state’s Attorney General, the state Governor, state Police Commissioner and the Inspector-General of Police.


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