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Cleric awaits DPP’s legal advice on demolished property

By Joseph Onyekwere
02 August 2016   |   1:17 am
Following the conclusion of investigation into the petition filed by the General-Overseer of the Chosen of the Lord Ministry, Prophet Martins Oni, the office of the director of Public Prosecution (DPP) ...
 Prophet Martins Oni

Prophet Martins Oni

Following the conclusion of investigation into the petition filed by the General-Overseer of the Chosen of the Lord Ministry, Prophet Martins Oni, the office of the director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State is now in position to advise on the prosecution of the alleged culprits.

Oni, who is also the Director-General of Police  Assistance Committee of  Tradesmen and Women, had written a petition to the Police alleging that his property was illegally demolished by hoodlums and goods worth N1.2billion allegedly stolen during the demolition.

According to the Police report from the office of the officer in charge of Legal, AIG Zone 2 Onikan obtained by The Guardian, there is a prima facie evidence to charge one Peter Eze Chinedu , Toyin Randle, N. Olaoluwa, Idowu Oladapo, Ayo Olalekan, Kehinde Akindele and a yet to be identified partner of Matrix Solicitors and others at large to court.

The report said they should be charged for offences of conspiracy, malicious damage, forgery, stealing, unlawful interference with property, forcible entry, forcible possession and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace punishable under sections 409, 337, 363, 285, 338, 52, 53 and 166 (d) of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2011.

“However, owing to the complexity of the parties claims, the alleged involvement of public officers (bailiffs and Police officers) and the grey area yet to be investigated, this office recommends that the casefile be carefully and clearly dublicated and forwarded to DPP Lagos State for further vetting and issuance of legal advice in line with section 74 of the administration of criminal justice law of Lagos State, 2011 in the interest of justice”, the report stated.

The complainant said he was in his office in August 2009 at Plot 15 Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Ijesha, when some people who claimed to be bailiffs from the Lagos State High Court showed him Enrolment of Judgment, dated October 30, 2008, in a suit he was not a party to and descended on his property. According to him, the judgment was in a suit numbered ID/2801/92 between Mr Farayola and Alhaji G. Owoade. He said he was not named in the case and was never served any hearing notice.