A Lagos High Court has granted an order of interlocutory injunction restraining some occupants of a landed property, measuring over 10 hectares at Ajah, Lekki-Epe Expressway, from carrying on construction or trespassing on the land. Justice (Mrs) O. Shitta Bey of the land division of the court gave the order following a motion on notice brought by an Agricultural firm, Hamimah Ventures (Nig) Limited.
The judge insisted in the order that the defendants namely, Chief Matones, Madam Ada Nwankwo, Nzok Mgbize, Madam Margaret Shagbe, Mrs Isoken Ofone and other unknown people should not develop anything on the controversial land which the plaintiff claimed was covered by certificate of occupancy No AG/5/5199/A issued by the Lagos State Government pending the determination of the suit. Justice Shitta Bey however issued an order mandating the claimants to give an undertaking for damages. Meanwhile, following the alleged disobedience of the court order, the claimants have petitioned the authorities complaining about the development.
In the substantive suit, Hamimah Venture is praying for a declaration that â€œthe claimant is entitled to the possession of all the piece or parcel of land as demarcated in plan No LS/D/LA496 and which is covered by certificate of occupancy No A9/5/5/199A and which was duly registered at the Lagos land registry.
The plaintiff is also asking for N20 million damages against each defendant for alleged breaking, entering and building on the claimantâ€™s land as well as perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from trespassing on the land.
In its statement of claim, the claimants averred among others that they are the owners of the property arguing that the defendants have no legal interest or right to the use of any part of the property.