Lagos describes planned takeover of Magodo illegal
• Residents condemn execution of Supreme Court judgment
Lagos State government, yesterday, described the enforcement of judgment by Shangisha Landlords Association for the takeover of lands within Magodo area of the state as illegal, enjoining the general public to remain calm, especially residents of Magodo Residential Area.
In a statement, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, said while investigation into the unwarranted incident is being carried out with a view to prosecuting any person found culpable, the government has the high regard for the rule of law and will protect the interests of all parties.
“On December 21, it was reported through social media platforms that the Shangisha Landlords Association with stern-looking policemen took over the Magodo area of Lagos State in purported execution of a Supreme Court judgment.
“The Lagos State government has equally observed that the execution was carried out by unknown bailiffs as the Sheriff of the High Court of Lagos where the Judgment emanated was not responsible for the purported execution carried out on the 21st December 2021 at Magodo.
The purported execution is therefore contrary to Order 8 Rule 17 of the Supreme Court Rules 2014 and Section 37 of the Enforcement of Judgment and Orders Part iii of the Sheriff and Civil Process Act, LFN, 2004.
“The State Government is therefore dismayed by the action of Chief Adebayo Adeyiga (one of the Judgment Creditors), who misled the Nigeria Police in attempting execution of the Judgment notwithstanding the pending Appeal against the issuance of warrant of possession by the then Chief Judge of Lagos State on 16th March 2017.”
Onigbanjo disclosed that several attempts by the state government to resolve the matter amicably had been on before and after the judgment of the Supreme Court was delivered, but one of the judgment creditors has been unyielding.
Also, some landowners have described the recent execution of Supreme Court judgment in the highbrow Magodo/ Shangisha area of Lagos state as “illegal”.
A statement issued by their counsel, Chief Bolaji Ayorinde (SAN) yesterday, said the “illegal execution” was in respect of the judgment in suit number ID/795/1988 between the military governor of Lagos State and others and Chief Adebayo Adeyiga, which is still pending before the Court of Appeal, Lagos State.