Two professors born of same parents, Prof. Felicia Durojaiye Oyekanmi of the University of Lagos and her elder brother, Prof. Adebayo Durojaiye, are locked in a fierce battle over inheriting their late mother’s two houses in Lagos State. After failing to reach an amicable settlement within the family, one of the parties has proceeded to a Lagos High Court to seek redress.
Trouble started after their mother, Madam Ibidun Durojaiye, died in 1999 and left behind the properties for the two siblings, which are her only surviving children. The two storey buildings are located at 35, Sura Mogaji Street, Ilupeju Estate and 128, Railway line in Idi-Olowo in Mushin.
There are other properties in their hometown in Ilesa, Osun State, which are not in dispute. But the bone of contention are the two houses she built in Lagos, which Felicia is insisting she will inherit alone, while Adebayo should take other houses built in Ilesa. This was rejected by Adebayo, who insisted that the houses must be shared equally between them. The friction arising between Felicia and Adedayo resulted in the litigation.
In the suit number ID/955/2007 the two parties made counter claims to the buildings in Lagos. Felicia claimed that, according to native custom, the houses belong to her in accordance with the sharing agreement reached after the burial of their late mom by the family. On his part Adebayo claimed that the family did not share the houses in that manner and as such she cannot inherit the houses alone.
The matter has been adjourned till February 4, 2016 before the presiding Judge, Mrs L.A.W. Folami