Bianca Ojukwu, widow of the late Igbo leader Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, and her two children have emerged victorious in the legal dispute over the management and control of assets belonging to Ojukwu Transport Ltd (OTL). The Lagos High Court in Ikeja ruled in their favor, granting them possession and control over the assets previously managed by the late Ikemba Nnewi, a family company director, before his passing in 2011.
The court case, LD/1539/2012, filed by Bianca on behalf of her infant sons at the time, Afamefuna and Nwachukwu, opposed the defendants’ attempts to take over their residence at No. 29 Oyinkan Abayomi Drive, Ikoyi, Lagos, along with other company properties in Lagos. The defendants included OTL, Prof Joseph Ojukwu, Engr. Emmanuel Ojukwu, Lotanna Putalora Ojukwu, Dr. Patrick Ike Ojukwu, Arch. Edward Ojukwu, Lota Akajiora Ojukwu, and Messrs. Massey Udegbe.
After considering the evidence presented during the ten-year proceedings, the court declared that the claimants, being the biological children of Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, are entitled to their father’s estate and his entitlements as a deceased director and shareholder of OTL. The court emphasized equity and fairness, ensuring that the claimants possess and control the assets their late father managed while he was alive.
The defendants’ counterclaim was struck out for lack of competence, and the court reaffirmed the claimants’ right to occupy and manage the properties in question, stopping any interference from the defendants.