The former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Housing, Senator Ikechukwu Obiora, has won a legal bid seeking to stop him from further development of his property on No. 6, Okotie-Eboh Street in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Folasade Bankole-Oki had on February 13, 2014 ordered Obiora to stop further development of the said land pending the hearing of the Claimant’s application, warning that anybody who flouted the order would be held in contempt of the court.
“I do not need to tell anybody that when there is a status quo order, there would be legal consequences, if it is violated,” she said.
Joined in the suit by the Claimant, Chief Louis Onwugbenu were Obiora, his company, the Corporate Ideals Properties Limited businessman A.B.C. Orjiako, and another company, Orangeline Limited.
Onwugbenu asked the court to hold that he was the rightful owner and entitled to be granted the Certificate of Occupancy, C of O, in respect of the property.
The applicant further asked the court to direct the defendants to return the original C of O, in respect of the property to him as well as take necessary steps to perfect the title in his name.
However, upon reading the 36 paragraph affidavit in support of the application sworn to by Chief Louis Onwugbenu and after hearing the Counsel to the Claimant/Applicant, Chief Phillips Umeh, and the counter affidavit filed by Defendants/Respondents Counsel, Bankole-Oki dismissed the application for lack of merit and consequently vacated her earlier order stopping Obiora from further development of the property.
“The court hereby makes an order dismissing the application for lack of merit,” and the also “an order vacating the subsisting order of status quo granted by this honourable court on February 13, 2014,” the judge added.