Nigeria's late legal icon, Gani Fawehinmi, Will to be administer by First Trustees Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of First Bank Nigeria Plc.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

THE late legal icon, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) left the stage without disclosing his financial worth to his children, wives and siblings, it was learnt yesterday.

Fawehinmi’s eldest son, Mohammed, who spoke after his late father’s Will was read, said he could not estimate the worth of his father as they (children) were all kept in the dark about his assets.

He, however, said the worth of the late legal luminary would be determined by the trustees to be appointed to administer the properties left behind by the late peoples’ lawyer.

The Nigerian Compass learnt last night that First Trustees Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of First Bank Nigeria Plc., had been appointed to administer the properties and in return take care of his family members from the proceeds.

According to Muhammed, First Trustees, Union Trustees and UBA Trustees were three choices suggested by the late Fawehinmi in his Will.

In the Will read yesterday at the Probate Division of the Lagos Magistrate Court, Ikeja, the late Fawehinmi instructed his children to continue with his legacy.

Mohammed made the disclosure yesterday at a press briefing held at the Gani Fawehinmi Chambers, Ajao Estate, Anthony Village.

Five of Fawehinmi’s children, Mrs Osho, Rabiat Fawehinmi, Rukayat Fawehinmi, Aminat Fawehinmi and Amubarak Fawehinmi were absent at the court where the Will was read.

The late fiery lawyer had instructed before his death that his Will be read on his birthday to celebrate what the Lord did for him while he lived. He would have turned 72 yesterday.

Mohammed said: “His own idea was to give out all that he had to compensate for the life God gave him and also ensure that the legacy he left behind does not diminish in any way from the dictates of the Will.”

The late Fawehinmi also left solid instructions on how the trustees should administer his estate.

According to Mohammed, his late father “mandated that the trustees should hold a special meeting and draft skilled men and women to help us in continuing and to ensure that the Nigerian Law Publications, the Book Publishers Limited, the Gani Fawehinmi Library and Gallery which includes the Chambers will continue to thrive and will outlive all of us.”

Although only members of his immediate family were allowed to witness the reading of the Will, Mohammed disclosed that all the 15 children and the two wives left behind would be catered for while the companies would be run by trustees who have been mandated to cater for the needs of everyone.


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