Court stops estranged wife from running deceased billionaire husband Dr Ajayi’s firm
Court stops estranged wife from running deceased billionaire husband Dr Ajayi’s firm

The Federal High Court in Lagos has restrained Mrs Oluwayemisi Ajayi from running the affairs of her estranged husband’s firm as a sole surviving director/shareholder, pending the hearing and determination of the main suit.

The firm, First Foundation Medical Engineering Company Limited, was owned and registered in accordance with the law by the late Dr Tosin Ajayi.

Justice Tijjani Ringim made the order following an ex parte application by Dr Ajayi’s daughter, Miss Tomisin Ajayi, and his widow, Mrs Helen Prest Ajayi.

Their application sought to restrain Oluwayemisi from running the affairs of the first respondent, First Foundation Medical Engineering Company Ltd.

The other respondents are the Registrar-General of the Corporate Affairs Commission; Mrs Oluwayemisi Ajayi; and Mr Patrick Abak, a lawyer.

According to the application, Dr Ajayi was a renowned medical doctor, businessman and philanthropist before his demise on April 26, 2020.

He was married to Oluwayemisi and they had children but were separated for 35 years before Tosin’s demise.

In the course of the separation, Dr Ajayi married Helen Prest Ajayi and had a child with her, Tosin, who lived with Helen until his demise.

The applicants, through their counsel Mr Abiodun Owonikoko (SAN), brought an ex parte application, praying the court for an interim injunction against Oluwayemisi and her privies from dealing in the assets of the company as a sole surviving director/shareholder, pending the hearing and determination of the main suit.

They also prayed the court to restrain the third respondent, Oluwayemisi, her representative or privies from interfering in the business undertaking or other activities of the company until an extraordinary general meeting is called for the purpose of appointing one or more director(s).

The application was supported by an affidavit deposed to by Miss Tomisin Ajayi, the sole surviving daughter of the deceased.

After listening to the argument of the applicants’ lawyer, Justice Ringim granted all the prayers made by the applicants. The case was subsequently adjourned to be heard by the court’s vacation judge.

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