Ajah family battles Lagos over alleged illegal land allocation
The allocation of a land at Ajiwe measuring 17.707 hectares to a firm, Adeogun Ogunbona and Sons Limited by the Lagos State governor, Akinwumi Ambode has pitched Odugbese-Abereoje Chieftaincy Family of Ajah against the state government
Already, the family has filed an action at Lagos High Court, seeking the nullification of the allocation of their family land at Ajiwe, Lagos by the Government.
In the suit filed on their behalf by human rights lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, the family is contending that the Lagos State Government is incompetent to allocate their land to a stranger, having secured a court judgment over the said land from the High Court of Lagos State against the same Lagos State Government.
Named as defendants in the suit filed on April 10, 2017; are the Executive Governor of Lagos State, the Attorney-General of Lagos State and Adeogun Ogunbona & Sons Ltd, the latter to whom the land was purportedly allocated.
The family is claiming that the Lagos State Government is not entitled to allocate, assign, transfer or vest ownership of all that parcel of land situate and being at Ajiwe to Adeogun Ogunbona & Sons Ltd., which company is not a member of their family.
In 2015, the Odugbese-Abereoje family challenged the purported acquisition of 17.707 hectares of their family land before the High Court of Lagos State.
On March 14, 2016, the court delivered judgment in their favour but the Lagos State Government filed an appeal against the judgment but the court granted no stay of execution.
Whilst the appeal was still pending and yet to be determined, the government claimed to allot the land on November 26, 2016 to Adeogun Ogunbona Limited, which attempted to take over the land but was resisted by the family.
The family is thus seeking an order of injunction to restrain the company from taking over the land to develop or build upon it pending the outcome of the case.
In an affidavit deposed to by Chief Aruna Anofiu, the head of the Abereoje family, it was stated that the family is not willing to transfer its interest in the land to the company.
Other reliefs being sought by the family in the suit include a declaration that following the judgment of the High Court of Lagos State delivered in Suit No. LD/249LMW/15 between Chief Aruno Anofiu & 1 ors v Executive Governor of Lagos State& 1 other on March 14, 2016, the claimants are the ones entitled to ownership and exclusive possession of all that parcel of land measuring 17.707 hectares as shown in Plan No AT/LA/6892E drawn by W.T Adeniyi licensed surveyor, dated the 21/7/84, situate and being situated at Ajiwe in Eti-Osa Local Government Council area of Lagos State and subject matter of judgment delivered in favour of the claimants in suit.
A declaration that the 1st and 2nddefendants are not entitled to allocate, assign, transfer or in any other manner vest ownership or possession of all that parcel of land measuring 17.707 hectares as shown in Plan No AT/LA/6892E drawn by W.T Adeniyi licensed surveyor, dated the 21/7/84, situate and being at Ajiwe in Eti-Osa Local Government Council area of Lagos State, to the 3rd defendant.
And an injunction restraining the 3rddefendant, its agents, servants or privies from entering upon, building upon, from developing, using, assigning, transferring or in any other manner utilizing all that parcel of measuring 17.707 hectares as shown in Plan No AT/LA/6892E drawn by W.T Adeniyi licensed surveyor, dated the 21/7/84, situate and being at Ajiwe, in Eti-Osa Local Government Council area of Lagos State and subject matter of the judgment delivered in favour of the claimants in Suit No. LD/249LMW/15 between
No date has been fixed for hearing of the suit, which is supported with an affidavit of urgency, while the defendants are yet to file any defence.
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