Iyalode Efunloye Tinubu estates lawyer Akinfolabi Akindele has warned that he will bring contempt proceedings against Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for allegedly disobeying the court order, expressed his dismay at the action of the state government, noting that executive roguery should not be allowed in a democratic society.
He stressed that the main lawsuit over the disputed land has yet to be determined by the court and that it is in the interests of justice that the parties maintain the pre-war status quo, as ordered by the court.
According to him, instead of the state government adhering to democratic principle and obeying the court order, it mobilized the state task force led by CSP Shola Jejeloye to the site in flagrant violation of the court order.
It will be recalled that Judge Olukayode Ogunjobi of a Lagos State High Court sitting in the TBS ordered the parties regarding the disputed land of the Lagoon View Development Scheme (Oju Olokun), Chevron Drive in the local government area of Eti Osa of Lagos State, to maintain an antebellum status quo pending determination of prosecution.
The judge further ordered that all construction on the disputed land measuring approximately 101,673 hectares be halted and that the defense parties appear in court to show why it should not grant all the relief sought by the plaintiffs.
Judge Ogunjobi’s order followed an ex-parte application dated February 22, 2022, filed in court on behalf of Alhaji Shehu Adio Kassim Lumosa, and others, against the Lagos State Government and others.
Respondents listed in the lawsuit include State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, State Land Bureau, Lagos State Development and Property Corporation Limited (LSDPC).
Other respondents are First Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited, NNPC, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, Ontario Oil and Gas Limited, Suntrust Savings and Loans Limited.
While appearing in court on the Memorandum of Claims against the Respondents in respect of the property which forms part of the estate of Mrs. Iyalode Efunloye Tinubu, a senior lawyer from Nigeria, Dr. Dada Awosika, urged the court to do right to ex-parte application in the interests of justice.
Dr. Awosika informed the court that his claim is supported by a 51-paragraph affidavit, exhibits and a written address to substantiate why the claims should be granted.
The parties were not present at the hearing and had no legal representation although proof that they were served was presented in court.
In his ruling, Judge Ogunjobi said that after reviewing the depositions in the supporting affidavit where the plaintiffs claimed that the eleven respondents made arrangements to wrongfully and unlawfully take possession of the disputed land, the court would grant the ex-part.
It should be recalled that the disputed land was part of the land entrusted to Adam Akinfolabi Akindele of Adamakin Investment and Works Limited as attorney for the estate of Mrs. Iyalode Efunroye Tinubu.
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