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Businessman raises the alarm over threat to life

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Lagos, Nigeria

A Lagos resident, Mr. Aderotimi Lateef Balogun, yesterday called on the police and other security agents in the state to come to his rescue, alleging threat to his life, over move to claim his land located on 26/27 Modupe Davis Street, on Lagos Island.

Balogun, explained to newsmen that he bought the land from a lawyer and estate agent, whose identity he gave as Babatunde Olabode Johnson, principal partner, Johnson and Johnson solicitors, six years ago.

He lamented that life became unbearable for him since the purchase, following litigations and subsequent threat to his life by some persons who later surfaced to lay claim to the same land.

He said: “I have been threatened by unknown men since the case started in 2012. I was not informed that the land is under litigation.

I bought the land at the cost of 92,000 British Pounds from Johnson.

No sooner had I purchased the property that one Modupe Davis, who claimed original ownership of the land surfaced to lay claim to it,” he said.

Information, however, indicated that a case over the land had been on before Balogun made the purchase and that Johnson had already own possession of the land and was awaiting the mandatory three months for appeal.

He (Johnson) was said to have sold the land to Balogun, since there was no appeal during the specific window period, only for Davies to surface with a claim to the land.

Balogun informed that in the subsequent court cases right up to the Supreme Court where the case was struck out by a five-man panel headed by the Chief Justice of the Federation, Walter Onnoghen, his opponent lost all appeals.


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