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Oyo Judge, Ladiran, is SL Akintola’s Son- Court

The battle, to determine if the late Premier of the defunct Western Region, Chief Samuel Ladoke Akintola, who was assassinated in Nigeria’s first military coup of January 15, 1966, had a son outside wedlock, is far from being over.

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan had declared Ladiran Akintola, a High Court judge, as a biological son of the late Premier and granted his wish to have a share of his father’s sprawling estate, a decision which may not have gone down well with his siblings.

Justice Aderonke Aderemi of Oyo State High Court, while delivering judgement in the suit, which lasted close to five decades, held that Ladiran and his six witnesses had led enough evidence to prove his paternity and that he is entitled to a share of the estate of Akintola.

Ladiran had approached the court when he filed a suit against his half siblings, Chief Abayomi Akintola and Dr. Abimbola Akintola, asking it to declare the letter of administration used by the siblings and the one earlier given to his stepmother, the late Faderera Akintola, as null and void.

Aderemi, while delivering the judgment in the suit which had earlier been heard before Justice S.A. Akinteye and Justice N.A. Esan, held that Ladiran had sufficient evidence in the matter and entered judgment in his favour.

She then declared as null and void the letter of administration issued in 1968 on the estate of the late S.L Akintola by then Western Nigeria High Court of Justice under Faderera Akintola and Abayomi Akintola on the grounds that it was obtained by fraud and concealment of interest in a manner that is inimical and discriminatory against the plaintiff.

Aderemi further declared as null and void the letter of administration issued in October 2007 on the estate of the deceased Premier by the Oyo State High Court under Abayomi Akintola and Abimbola Akintola.

The judge further ordered that the two letters of administration declared null and void were immediately revoked and directed that the Administrator General of Oyo State take up the management of the S.L Akintola estate until a fresh letter of administration that covers all the three children is issued.

Meanwhile, counsel to the late Akintola family, Olatubosun Akanmidu, said they would fight until “justice is done.He said he will appeal the judgement.

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