There are reports of a 44-year-old man, Ikechukwu Ozichukwu, and his mother, Mrs. Comfort Ebubechukwu, in battle over the sale of one of the family’s houses.
The building, a semi-detached duplex located on 21 Road, H Close, FESTAC, Lagos State, was allegedly sold in January 2013 while Ozichukwu was still living there with his wife and two children.
It was learnt that Ozichukwu’s mother allegedly sold the house for N27m. Another property was subsequently purchased at the Satellite Town area in the name of his younger brother who lived in the United States.
PUNCH Metro gathered that it was when the new buyer wanted to move into the house that Ozichukwu knew that the house no longer belonged to the family.
Ozichukwu said, “Early this year, I was approached by two buyers who claimed that the house was for sale. At the time, my mother was away in the United States. When the rumour persisted, I obtained a Caveat on the house from the Ikeja High Court.
“But when my mother returned a few weeks after, she said she had indeed put the house up for sale. I objected to this because this was the only property that my late father had in Lagos.”
He added that his objection did not go down well with his mother.
A few weeks later, the son said his mum’s lawyer, Mr. Sam Eneonwuta, came to the house with some documents showing that he had agreed to the sale.
He said, “I am a joint administrator with my mother for our father’s estate, so my permission is also needed on anything that would happen to the estate. Of, course, I declined to sign the documents.
“I was arrested some days later by some policemen from the Area E Command, FESTAC. My mother had written a petition alleging threat to life. I was detained for two days. Later, the Area Commander advised us to settle the dispute.
“In March 2013, my mother who also lived in the same building, moved out without my knowledge. Soon after this, I got a quit notice from my mother’s lawyer, giving me a week’s notice to vacate the premises.”