UK releases names of deceased Nigerians with unclaimed property and assets (see full list and names) – 9News Nigeria
At least 56 deceased Nigerian names with unclaimed estates and other valuable assets in the UK have been released by the UK government.
This appeared on the UK government’s Treasury Solicitor website, which was last updated on September 8, 2022, as reported by BusinessDay.
Unclaimed property has a period of 30 years from the date of death before being deleted if no one comes to claim ownership.
According to the report, one of the oldest Nigerians affected was identified as Mark N’wogo who died on December 9, 1992 in Surrey, UK.
But the assets he left behind have been unclaimed for nearly 30 years, meaning his properties would be handed over to the UK government by December 2022.
He is believed to have served in the Navy, which gave his birth year as 1926, and has an unspecified family in Sapele, Delta State, but neither this individual nor any other is advanced to claim the property of the deceased.
Values for these domains are not published; instead, only information about their deceased owners is available.
Another household name on the list is Victor Adedapo Olufemi Fani-Kayode, who is believed to have died on August 15, 2001 in Birmingham, with Birmingham City Council identified as the informant.
The Treasury Attorney released a list of untaken areas that had recently been mentioned but had not yet been handled, as well as previous cases that had been administered but had not yet been claimed within the time limits for the TO DO.
Inheritances whose time limit is 30 years from the date of death are also exempt.
“We frequently hear of accounts at financial institutions owned by deceased individuals that are never claimed and never made public by those institutions. I think we can learn from the UK book in this area to promote transparency,” says Olaitan Akinnubi, a Lagos-based lawyer.
“I think making information about deceased people and their unclaimed property in the UK public is something worthwhile.”
However, most deceased persons have little information about the relatives to whom their property can be transferred, and for those who do have information available, it is quite insufficient and difficult to trace the beneficiaries.
The list includes a certain Arbel Aai’Lotta’Qua Abouarh who died on February 5, 1998 in Chiswick, London, and is believed to have different variations in the spelling of his name. Information on file indicates that he may have married in December 1959 (location unknown) and had four children from the marriage.
It is further stated that he was born in Northern Nigeria on or about March 3, 1930 and his parents are believed to be Alfred Hallim Abouarh and Addanue Abouarh née Onwudachi. Information on file also indicates that he had a sister (deceased) and a twin brother (possibly living in Germany).
There is also Paul (Akinola) Bernard who was born in Lagos and died in London on October 12, 2008. Available information suggests that he married a 2nd wife, Marie Vidarte de Castro in 1970, but she also died in August 2008. He is believed to have a daughter from his first marriage which ended around 1970.
Born in Ibadan on August 2, 1958, John Olaolu Bankole died in London on April 27, 2010. Information available includes an absolute decree dissolving the deceased’s marriage on November 11, 2002, while his marriage certificate states that his father’s name is Oladipupo Bankole.
While Enwukwe Graham Kwedi Edde, who died on January 6, 2011 in London, was only born in Diobu, River State, Charles Ayodele Aliu, who died on March 31, 2011 in Solihull, West Midlands, is believed to be “having a possible cousin in Nigeria”.
Sunny Eyo Edem, who died on September 16, 2011 in Fulham, is said to have a “possible son and relatives in Calabar, Nigeria”. Additionally, William Kadry, who died on November 1, 2011, in Fulham, is believed to have been born in Iponri, Lagos State, and his father Akanni Kadiri died in 1941, while his mother Muniratu Kadiri died in 1958.
Recent additions to the list include Solomon Adekanmibi, who died on January 31, 2021 in Colchester, Essex; Eugene Bucknor, who died on March 2, 2021 in Brockley, London; Jeff Adhekeh who died on March 12, 2021 in South Kensington, London and Louisa Holmes who died on May 24, 2021 in Cheam Sutton.
According to Akinnubi, the jurist, “For the relatives of such a deceased person or any other person entitled to the estate of any of the listed deceased persons, it is advisable that they engage a lawyer or a practitioner in matters of probate in the UK to help and guide them through the process of obtaining Letters of Administration in relation to the deceased person’s estate in the UK.”