20 Years After Death : MKO Abiola’s Children Still Fighting Over Property

The trouble amongst the children of late businessman, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola has reached a new height with one of his sons Abdul Mumuni Abiola calling on his brothers Kola, Deji and Agboola to stop playing god with the properties of their father.

According to a statement issued on Friday, January 12, on behalf of his brothers and sisters totaling 40, Abdul Mumuni, the youngest child of the late Kudirat Abiola allegedly said, “I want my brothers, Kola, Deji, and Agboola to stop playing god with our father’s properties and abandoned projects and investments. I, my brothers and sisters totaling 40 children of Abiola are not fighting with them. We don’t have a bone to pick with them. But we need to step out of the past and of our father’s shadow.   Kola, Deji and Agboola have been peddling lies in the media about my efforts to bring about changes to the dwindling fortunes of the Abiola family.”

Mumuni also said, “I am ashamed just like my other brothers and sisters to see that after MKO Abiola’s death, many of his legacies appear to be in a shambles. No, it shouldn’t be like that. That is not what MKO Abiola stood for while he was alive. I want the good people of Nigeria to prevail on Kola and his cohorts to stop using the police to harass me or those who are working with me to restore the lost glory of the Abiola family.”

“Let me cite an example: Recently, four men were allegedly arrested and arraigned before a magistrate’s court for breaking into MKO’s bookshop at Oshodi. They were accused of stealing equipment and other materials valued at N1 billion. That is a farce. Deliberately, Kola and Deji ensured that my name was not mentioned in the newspaper that carried the news report,” the statement said.

Abdul Mumuni also revealed that his life and that of his siblings could be in danger because of his efforts to revive the abandoned projects, investments and properties of their late father.

According to him, “I am also informing the public that my life is in danger. I don’t feel safe any longer. If anything untoward happens to me, Nigerians should know who to hold responsible. If anything should happen to me or my siblings, Kola and his cohorts should be held responsible.

“I love life but I will not sit down cowardly. It is time all of Abiola’s children sat down and discussed how and what exactly we want to do with our father’s properties and investments. We really don’t want handouts from anybody. We’re MKO Abiola’s children. We must uphold the integrity, fame and humanity of Chief MKO Abiola.”

Mumuni alleged that every effort he has been making to renovate his father’s properties is not self-driven, as they are for all of his siblings and for the name of Chief MKO Abiola not to be dragged through the mud.

“Why should some people be sending thugs and miscreants after me and those working with me to renovate MKO Abiola’s properties? Why should that be? Do we have to wash our dirty linen in the public? Why should only a select few of Abiola’s children sit on our father’s properties? I am not even asking them to give me and my other siblings a share of the money-spinning companies of my father that they sit on. Our humble request is that they should allow me and my other siblings who are interested in renovating Abiola’s derelict properties. They should allow us to revive MKO Abiola’s abandoned projects.”

“I have been painstakingly patient for 18 years. I have watched with long-suffering and regret how few of my siblings have arrogated to themselves what belong to all of us. MKO Abiola’s properties don’t belong to Kola, Deji and cohorts alone. They belong to all his children. We have been put through enough ignominy by Kola. Enough is enough,” the statement read.

Deji Abiola couldn’t be reached on phone to respond to the allegations by Abdul Mumuni, while Kola hadn’t reacted to an SMS sent by INDEPENDENT to his phone as at the time of filing this report.

It could be recalled that earlier this week, four men were arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly entering the late Moshood Kashimao Olawale (MKO) Abiola’s Bulk Purchase Bookshop in Oshodi, Lagos to steal properties valued at N1 billion.

The suspects are Dare Saka, 40; Adebola Adesida, 33; Lateef Onifade 34 and Gbenga Adedigba, 34. The properties allegedly stolen by the accused persons, according to the Police included a generator, welding machine, books, tank and printing machine.

Police said that the accused persons allegedly threatened the life of Mr. Ajayi Oluwatosin, a security officer attached with Pexion Security services and other staff guarding the bookshop to gain entry into the shop to steal and damaged properties valued at N500 million and escaped.

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