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Monarch faces contempt charge for allegedly disobeying court order

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Oba of Ikateland, Saheed Ademola Elegushi and Secretary, Elegushi Properties Investment Company Limited, Chief Muritala Adedoyin Elegushi, are facing committal proceedings before the federal high court, Lagos over alleged disobedience to court order.

Justice Muslim Hassan had on June 6, 2017 ordered that parties should maintain status quo ante bellium pending the determination of the application filed by one of the parties.

The plaintiffs, Prince Toluwaleke Megba and Lucky Megba Ojonla Nigeria Limited had sought the court for an order of injunction restraining the National Inland Waterways Authority, Lagos State Government, Attorney General of Lagos State, Oba Elegushi, Chief Elegushi and Van Oord Nigeria Limited whether by themselves, agents from hindering, obstructing or further disturbing the right of way of the Lekki foreshore of the Lagos Lagoon granted to the plaintiffs by the first defendant in the survey plan No CSR/LA97/437 dated July 16, 1997.

Specifically, the plaintiffs counsel, Ehis Okoebor, from Festus Keyamo chambers, informed the court that Oba Elegushi, Chief Elegushi and Van Oord Nigeria Limited are trespassing on the subject matter of the suit and urged the court to order parties to maintain status quo.

But, in an affidavit in support of the contempt application (form 48) before the court, the plaintiffs stated that despite the ruling delivered by the judge, defendants and their agents (Czar Engineering Nigeria Limited) have continuously disobeyed the orders of court.

The plaintiffs stated that regardless of the ruling, the defendants erected fence round the subject matter and mount their sign post with inscription “this land belongs to Elegushi Royal Family” on the premises after the order of the court.

They also stated that despite the service of form 48 on the 4th – 6th defendants, they continued to encroach on the premises, subject matter of the suit and also paraded themselves as owners of the subject matter of the suit.

They argued that unless they are committed to prison, the contemnors and others at large will continue to disobey the court’s order with impunity and will certainly not obey any further order or directives given by the court.


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