The children of the late Dr Tosin Ajayi of First Foundation Medical Engineering Company Limited and his wife Yemisi Ajayi, whom he was separated from for 35 years, have faulted reports that a Federal High Court in Lagos, on September 7, awarded their father’s partner, Helen Prest-Ajayi, 50 per cent of his estate.
Ajayi’s first child with Yemisi, Olutomi Deru (Nee Ajayi), speaking on behalf of others said: “The order, which was strangely granted in the absence of the company and our mum, only granted Helen Prest and her daughter permission to institute their main action and restrained our mum from running the company pending the determination of the main suit.”
The third child Omolade Soetan (Nee Ajayi) claimed that no hearing notice was served on their mother or the company or their lawyers, Kunle Adegoke and Co.
She said: “The court had previously granted certain interim orders (also in the absence of the Defendants) on 5th August 2021 and our lawyers had earlier filed an application to set aside those interim orders and the application was pending before the Court when the court made its September 7 order which is still pending before the court.
“Helen Prest and her lawyers exhibited the highest level of desperation by pretending to have served our mum with a hearing notice whereas they never did.
“They obtained the orders of the court fraudulently and our lawyers are taking the appropriate steps in this regard.”
Dr Ajayi died on April 26, 2020. During his separation from Yemisi, he met the former Miss Nigeria and they had a daughter Tomisin.
Speaking further, Deru said she and her siblings are ready to accept Tomisin as their late father’s daughter. She, however, insisted that her mother remains Ajayi’s legally married wife.
Ajayi was buried 10 months after he died due to legal battle launched by Yemisi and her five children.
There was commotion at the graveside over the dust to dust rite. Disagreement over the order of performing the rite led to a scuffle, with both parties fighting for the shovel.