Olufemi Atoyebi, Ibadan
An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Thursday recognised Justice Ladiran Akintola as the biological son of the late Premier of the old Western Region, Samuel Akintola, and granted him his wish to have a share of his father’s sprawling estate.
The case was instituted by Justice Akintola against two children of the late premier, Chief Abayomi Akintola and Dr Abimbola Akintola, asking the court to declare him as a biological son of the late Premier while also praying the court to grant him a share of his estate. He also asked that the court to declare that the letter of administration used by his siblings and the one earlier given to his stepmother, the late Faderera Akintola, be declared null and void.
Justice Aderonke Aderemi, who delivered the judgment, said the court had declared as null and void the letter of administration issued in 1968 on the estate of the late S.L Akintola by the Western Nigeria High Court of Justice to Faderera Akintola and Abayomi Akintola on the grounds that it was obtained by fraud and concealment of interest in a manner that was inimical and discriminatory against Justice Akintola.
The court also declared as null and void the letter of administration issued in October 2007 on the estate of the late S.L Akintola by the Oyo State High Court of Justice to Abayomi Akintola and Abimbola Akintola.
The court also held that Justice Ladiran Akintola and his six witnesses had led enough evidence to prove his paternity. Justice Aderemi also mandated that the detailed account of the estate be submitted within a month of the delivery of the judgment, while giving an order of perpetual injunction mandating Abayomi and Abimbola Akintola from administering the estate of S.L. Akintola or undertaking any activity on behalf of the estate until the new letter of administration is issued.
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