Justice Olukayode Ogunjobi of a Lagos State High Court in TBS has ordered all parties in respect of disputed land at Lagoon View Development Scheme (Oju Olokun), Chevron Drive in Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State to maintain the status quo antebellum pending determination of the suit.
The judge ordered that all construction on the disputed land measuring about 101.673 Hectares should be stopped and the defence parties should appear before it and shows why it should not grant all reliefs sought by the claimants.
Justice Ogunjobi ordered was sequel to an application of ex-parte dated February 22, 2022, filed before the court on behalf of the claimant against Lagos State Government, First Bank, NNPC, AMCON and others.
The claimants are Alhaji Shehu Adio Kassim Lumosa and others
While the respondents are the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Attorney General and Commissioner For Justice, State Land Bureau, Lagos State Development & Property Corporation Limited, LSDPC.
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Others were First Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited, NNPC, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, Ontario Oil and Gas Limited, and Suntrust Savings and Loans Limited.
Appearing before the court on the memorandum of claims against the respondents in respect of the property forming part of the Estate of Madam Iyalode Efunloye Tinubu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Dr Dada Awosika urged the court to grant the ex-parte application in the interest of justice.
Dr Awosika informed the court that his application is supported by 51 paragraph affidavit, exhibits and written address to show cause why the applications should be granted.
The parties were not present in court and didn’t have legal representation despite being served.
In his ruling, Justice Ogunjobi stated that having considered the depositions in affidavit support where the claimants averred that the eleven respondents/defendants have concluded arrangements to unjustly and illegally take possession of the disputed land, the court would grant the ex-parte.
It would be recalled that the disputed land formed part of the land which Adam Akinfolabi Akindele of Adamakin Investment and Works Limited was entrusted as the Attorney of the Estate of Madam Iyalode Efunroye Tinubu.