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Court bars IGP and others from arresting accountant over land dispute


Lagos Federal High Court Judge Abimbola Awogboro prevented the Inspector General of Police (IGP) and five others from encroaching on land owned by a chartered accountant, Anthony Ogunlela.

Justice Awogboro specifically prohibited the defendants in the lawsuit, their agents, servants or assigns from doing anything that would infringe on the plaintiff’s fundamental rights from gaining access to his rightful property, freedom of movement, freedom of movement, and freedom of movement. personal freedom, a fair trial and freedom from unlawful persecution. and / or prosecution, harassment, arrest and degrading treatment in terms of the remedies requested in the attached statement of facts pending the hearing and the decision of the originating motion ”.

The judge issued the order after hearing the brief from the lawyer for the accountant, Emmanuel Umoren.

The applicant, in an ex parte application marked FHC / L / CS / 1901/2021, had entered IGP, the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Zone 2, Lagos); a DSP Friday; Supol Taofeek Olawunmi Olokode, Mr. Olatunji Kolawole a.ka. Bela Vista and Bela Vista Property Development Limited, as the first to sixth defendants in the lawsuit.
Justice Awogboro, however, ordered the petitioner, Ogunlela, to undertake to pay damages in the event that the requested order should not be granted.

The judge has set for January 6, 2022, the hearing on the merits.

Ogunlela, in an affidavit attached to the ex parte petition, claimed that he and his wife, Olayinka, had purchased in or about 1996 land from Ikate-Elegushi, Lekki, of the royal family of Elegushi, sold by the intermediary of Elegushi Property Investment Company Limited.

He claimed that the land was known as Parcel 28, Block 10, Bakare Street, Ikate, Lekki, Lagos State, and had it surveyed, obtained the consent of the Governor of Lagos State in accordance with provisions of the Land Use Act, 1978 and the same was registered as No. 89/89/2124 at the Land Registry, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos State. Exhibit BC1 attached and marked is a copy of said recorded document.

The accountant said he has peacefully occupied the land since he bought it from his vendors as he built a fence in 2007 after getting approval from the Lagos state government.