A renowned professor of paediatrics and senior consultant paediatrician at University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (UNTH), Enugu, Prof. Henrietta Okafor has taken her younger brothers to a Federal High Court in Enugu, demanding for takeover of their late father’s company and property.
Mrs. Okafor who is also the Director of the Institute of Child Health, UNTH, is contesting that the way Uchenna Enterprises (their father’s company) is being managed is not satisfactory.
Mrs. Okafor is the first daughter of the late Dr. Henry Curtis Chukelu Nwankwo, who was a major player in the property sector and owned several choice properties.
In the pending Suit No: FHC/EN/CP/04/2014 at the Federal High Court, Enugu, the respected medical practitioner wants the court to declare that the affairs of the business venture are being run to her detriment and to order the Probate Registry, Enugu, to steer clear of the firm’s affairs.
She is also pleading to appoint the Chief Registrar of the Federal High Court, Enugu, or his representative, to take over the affairs of the company until all issues pertaining to it are resolved, including the appointment of a receiver/manager/liquidator to wind up the company’s affairs.
The professor’s law-suit against her brothers over their father’s property is causing ripples, especially in the Nwankwo’s hometown, Ufuma, in Orumba North LGA of Anambra State, because of the high regard in which their late father’s name is held by his kinsmen, and because such an action is unheard of in Igbo culture.
The professor’s mother, late Mrs. Christiana Chibuzo Nwankwo, and their sons, Hector, Christian, and Prince, were listed as Directors and Shareholders of the company but not Mrs. Okafor.
A source within the community revealed that the Nwankwo extended family have been informed about the law-suit, and it’s members are working hard to sort out the matter inside the kindred group.
Hearing of the matter that came up on Tuesday ,October 6, 2015 continues. (The Nation)