Hosa Okunbo family denies plan to sell Wells Carlton Hotel

The family of the late Edo-born business mogul and philanthropist Captain Hosa Okunbo has denied plan to sell their patriarch’s Wells Carlton Hotel.

Some online newspapers had reported that the decision was taken at a meeting which had in attendance Okunbo’s family members including his “US-based wife Nosa whom he parted ways with in controversial circumstances and reconciled with before his passing.”

The family, however, debunked the allegations in a statement on Wednesday signed by Kingsley Okunbo.

“The attention of Captain (Dr.) Idahosa Okunbo’s family has been drawn to a malicious, evil and reprehensible concoction of preposterous fallacy by a mischievous author/authors of the above piece under reference,” the statement read.

“The entire Okunbo family notes with great disappointment and shock that in a society fraught with all kinds of ridiculous publications notably within the junk online media space, we would ordinarily have ignored and not deemed it worthy to dignify such irresponsible piece of extremely diabolical mischief with a response, but given that we are still in a mourning mood in honour of our illustrious son, brother, father and highly celebrated son of universal repute, we have seized this opportunity to issue this rebuttal, for the records lest a Satanic lie be misconstrued for truth.

“It is instructive to mention that we are yet to begin to imagine what the motive for this wicked misinformation which could only have emanated from the mischievous author/authors and meddlesome interlopers from the very pits of hell. But, we leave the resolution of same in the Hands of GOD ALMIGHTY.

“Truth be told we know that while he was with us physically he muted the idea of selling some of his assets which he had inalienable right to do, to clear his table before his glorious transition, we are not privy to any conclusion on the said hotel nor his final wish in his Will.

“Suffice it to say, therefore, that this wicked piece is nothing but an unfortunate figment of the evil imagination of depraved persons. The Okunbo family stands united in ensuring the consolidation of the laudable legacy our departed dearly beloved son left behind. We will leave no stone unturned to celebrate this generational gift to humanity and this he eminently deserves.

“Similarly, we also wish to note the video by agents of Satan which we ignored, of his palatial and state of the art piece of residential architecture in Banana Island, Lagos which development has been ongoing for a few years now. This again is another wicked misinformation.”

Okunbo died on August 7 at a hospital in London.