By ONOZURE DANIA
A State High Court sitting in Lagos, has restrained the siblings of the late Mrs. Angela Onyeador-Mayson, from tampering with her real and personal estate on 29, Balarabe Musa Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos and Plot 167, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, pending the hearing and final determination of a suit by her son, Mr. Ikem Onyeador.
Trial judge in the matter, Justice I. Harrison, who also ordered the parties to maintain status-quo, granted leave to the claimants, to serve all the court processes on the defendants, through their counsel, G. Obute in Lagos.
The son of late Lagos socialite, Ikem, had asked the court to declare that he, as the eldest child and son of the late Angela, his step sister, Adeora Maiyaki Onyeador and step-father, Captain Samuel Mayson, were entitled as beneficiaries to the real and personal estate of his late mother.
The plaintiffs are the surviving husband, son and daughter respectively of the late Mrs. Angela Onyeador-Mayson.
Defendants in the suit are Mr. Alexander Onyeador, Mr. Martin Onyeafor, Thomas Onyeador and Miss Nkemdilim Onyeakor, who are siblings of the deceased.
Ikem is also asking the court to determine whether it is legal for the defendants, to question the status of the claimants, who are the surviving husband, son and daughter respectively of the late Angela.
Ikem in an affidavit in support of the suit, averred that shortly after the death and burial of his mother, they applied for a Letter of Administration over her assets through their counsel, Mr. Onyebuchi Aniakor from the Probate Registry of the court and after paying necessary fees, and afterwards, they were served a notice to prohibit grant and caveat.
“The defendants proceeded to file and serve on us through their legal practitioner, not only a caveat and a notice to prohibit grant but equally a letter by their said legal practitioner to the probate registrar of the court reasons for entering caveat.”
“The defendants also asked their lawyer to send a letter said to have been written by the counsel as Solicitors to Enta Associates Limited to the tenants of the property at Plot 167, Adetokunbo Ademola Street, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.”