By Innocent Anaba
The family of First Republic Finance Minister, Chief Festus Okotie-Eboh, has urged a Lagos High Court sitting in IgbosereÂ to reverse the purported sale of the deceasedâ€™s property to Dangote Nigeria Limited.
Six of the deceasedâ€™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 Ministerâ€™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 deceasedâ€™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 deceasedâ€™s children and their families, was sold, a deed of assignment executed and the stateâ€™s governorâ€™s consent obtained.
TheyÂ alleged that the said deed of assignment was signed by a person other than the deceased companyâ€™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, â€œsome officials purporting to be from â€˜the Governor Monitoring Teamâ€™ allegedly acting for the purported buyer, made attempt last weekend to demolish the said property, but for the timely intervention of the stateâ€™s Police Commissioner.â€
The plaintiffs are the late Ministerâ€™sÂ 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 stateâ€™s Attorney General, the state Governor, state Police Commissioner and the Inspector-General of Police.