Its the prayer of every man that whatever he left behind after his demise should be guided jealously by his children and other family members. But reverse is the case of the late Anthony Olujimi Lawanson as his children are at war basically over properties inherited from their father.
After the demise of Prominent Business Mogul Chief A.O Lawanson who died sometime in 1998, barely few year after, the family has been at loggerhead over who takes what from their father’s properties.
it was gathered that the biz mogul left no Will to guide sharing of assets but left it in the hand of the oldest child to call the short as per what belongs to who. Unfortunately Ladi took the advantage of no will to start selling off properties without others consent.
The lid was blown open by Gbolahan Lawson who accused his brother, Ladi Lawanson, a commissioner under former Governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, of ripping the family off their assets by selling properties without the consent of other family members and also pocket the money.
In his attempts to cover up the monumental stealing and in turn destroy the legacy their hard working father left behind, Ladi apparently emplyed the services of AIG ADELEKE as an accomplice to achieve his selfish desires.
Seeing Gbolahan as the arrowhead to the opposition against his continuous looting, Ladi decided on a plan to arrange false petitions against him, so that the AIG ADELEKE can use it to cage him while they both use their power to loot the family wealth dry.
We gathered reliably that recently at a family meeting chaired by their elder sister, Gbolahan Lawanson exposed the monumental stealing by Ladi that runs into over billions naira. The entire family was shocked at the revelation. When the elder sister looked into the details of the looted assets, she scolded Ladi giving ultimatum of making some refunds to the family and also stop the selling of any property without written consent of other members.
Impeccable sources revealed that there was a family meeting on 23rd of January 2022, few days after the burial of their late. At the meeting Ladi was asked to give account of properties in his care.
Those properties includes three (3) acres of vast land worth the sum of N650million, company shares in various blue chip companies in their Late Father’s name, worth the sum of N250 million, the sum of N100 million lease rentals resulting from the lease of the family’s petrol station to Total Nigeria and the sum of N20 Million lease rentals resulting from the lease of the roof-top to the family’s property situated at No. 8 Lawanson Road, Lawanson, Surulere, Lagos, to Globacom Limited for construction of their communications mast.
Unfortunately Ladi could not give accurate account and he was asked to relieve all properties in his possession to his brother, Gholahan. The decision did not go well with Ladi and he Ladi vowed to deal decisively with Gbolahan and use all the power he has and connection to get rid of him. He boasted that he has ‘friends’ in the police force and that he was going to have Gbolahan locked up and gotten rid of “ the source hinted.
A Family source who would like to be anonymous, claims that Ladi and Gbolahan became bitter enemies when Ladi tried to evict their late brothers Wife from their brothers home two months after the death of their elder brother Rotimi. This action infuriated Gbolahan who vehemently opposed Ladi’s action. It got so bad that when Gbolahan was contesting an election last year, his brother Ladi, was his fierce opponent. Who went as far as to team up with the opposing camp to fight against him.
These and other expose was what led to Gbolahan’s manhandling and illegal arrest by the AIG Adeleke, whom we gathered Ladi had used for his hatchet job to deal with Gbolahan as he had earlier boasted.
Those in the know alleged that on the 24th of May, 2022, Gbolahan was invited to visit the office of the Assistant Inspector General of Police (A.I.G) Adeyinka Adeleke, on the pretext that the A.I.G. wanted to mediate between the two brothers (Ladi Lawanson & Gbolahan). The opposite was the case as we learnt that upon his arrival to the A.I.G’s office in courteous compliance with the received invitation, he was confronted with over eight (8) people, with some of them being unknown to him, brandishing petitions against him. The petitions had never been served prior to the invitation. These people included representatives of Globacom Limited, Vixen Enterprises and a lawyer representing Mr Akin Lawanson.
Akin Lawanson is late chief lawanson’s brother, who also has a questionable character with pending court cases of forgery of documents. These people were all present at the A.I.G.’s office, alleging that Gbolahan threatened their lives, all of this as a game plan of Ladi.
Without listening to Gbolahan’s side of the story, The A.I.G Adeleke looked at him directly and said ‘I WILL DEAL WITH YOU AND TEACH YOU A LESSON’. He then ordered the Commander of the Monitoring Team to detain him with a “NO BAIL’ option.
Gholahan claimed “I was locked up in a cell at Zone 2 Police Quarters at Onikan, Lagos on the 24th of May, 2022, prevented from contacting my Lawyers neither was I allowed to inform my Wife of my whereabouts. I was held for 20 hours at the prison cell with no access to water nor food”. via a telephone conversation.
He said further that he was also taken to tinubu magistrate court paraded like a criminal, and this was Ladi’s mission to really deal with him if he had been remanded in the prison.
“On the morning of 25th May, 2022, I was driven to Tinubu Magistrate court by six (6) heavily armed policemen and paraded like a criminal. The intention of the police was for me to be further detained at the Ikoyi Prisons pending bail application. The case has been scheduled for hearing on June 20th, 2022”.
Speaking further, Gbolahan revealed that, “I also note that Ladi Lawanson had informed me directly that being a former Commissioner of Transport of Lagos State, he has acolytes everywhere. In this regard, I submit that Ladi Lawanson acquired the services of A.I.G Adeyinka Adeleke and the instrumentality of the A.I.G.’s office to harass and detain me unlawfully”.
“I cannot be intimidated on my birthright neither would I let anybody disinherit my younger ones or anybody else in the family”
It is a situation that has united all of the Lawanson’s against Ladi, even though most of them were too young to oppose Ladi when their father died in 1998.
Gbolahan who is quite successful on his own right is known to be a people’s man and has a large grassroots followers in Lawanson/Surulere environs .His popularity apparently is also a threat to his brother who is known to be a close ally to a top politician, which we gathered is the forces he has always lay claims on to deal with anyone that crosses his path.