By abdulwahab abdulah
LAGOS— The Court of Appeal, Lagos, has upheld a Lagos High Court judgment, stripping Mr. Festus Keyamo, of the ownership of a disputed property located at the medium income housing estate, Ijaiye, Ogba.
The appellate court upheld the judgment of Justice Olateru-Olagbegi, ceding ownership of the contested property to the defendants in the suit by Keyamo in 2001.
Already, Keyamo has filed another appeal at the Supreme Court, challenging the Court of Appeal judgment. Keyamo had dragged the present occupant of the property, Mr. Peter Folurunso and his two children before a Lagos High Court, asking the court to hold that he is the rightful owner of the building, purported to have been bought from one company Baden-Moyet Ltd., sometimes in 2000 through a sub-lease.
Folorunso, had argued, during trial, that he was shocked when Keyamo brought some people to eject him from the property with an eviction order from a rent tribunal.
In a cross_examination, Managing Director of the company who had earlier given evidence in the matter, confirmed to the court that the property was actually a gift to the defendant but that no Deed of Assignment was given him by her company to cover the gift.
The trial Judge in his judgment, held that from evidence before her, the property rightfully belonged to Peter Folorunso since he hold the license to the house and the license has not been revolted by the Baden_Moyet Ltd that issued it to him.
The Judge also admitted the evidence by the MD of the company showing that Folorunso was not a trespasser on the property, as it was a gift to him in the name of his children.
Keyamo in his appeal had prayed the court to hold that the trial court erred in granting a relief not sought by the defendant when it ordered Baden_Moyet Ltd to issue a Deed of Assignment to present occupant of the disputed property.
The three Justices of the Appeal Court after considering Keyamo’s case and that of the respondents upheld the earlier judgment of the lower court.