Onari Duke the wife of Donald Duke, a former governor of Cross River state (1999 to 2007) has been barred from administering, maintaining and overseeing a property located at Elakahia Housing Estate in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
A magistrate court sitting within the Port Harcourt Magisterial District, on 25th January this year, instead ceded the property to Onari Duke’s elder sister Mrs Pele Bobmanuel Kent.
The court has charged Mrs Kent to be the ‘Administrator of her late mother’s Estate… that (she is) the only person legally authorized to administer, rent or lease the above Estate’.
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Counsel to Mrs Kent, namely, C.W. Omeke & Co, of Increase Associates located at No. 4 Celila Plaza, Rukpokwu, Port Harcourt has threatened legal suit if this notice is not adhered to.
‘Failure to adhere to this notice shall leave us with no alternative than to institute a legal action or action(s) against whoever that will defer from this notice by facing the legal consequence as ascribed by Law’, Omeke said.
This development is against the backdrop of Mrs Duke allegedly and illegally ceasing and renting out the said property for the past 3 years.
According to findings by our reporter, the said contentious property was willed by Duke’s late mother to her son, namely, Anthony Karibi Bobmanuel the younger brother to Onari Duke. When Duke’s younger brother died, he left a wife and minor who has not received any money from his inheritance in the past 3 years since his father passed away.