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Tension in Sapele over quit notices

By Emma Amaize

WARRI—There is apprehension in Sapele, Delta State, following the quit notices served by Sapele-Okpe Community Land Trust Association, Sapele, on land occupants (tenants) in Sapele, that the association was not interested in renewing leases on community lands.

The association in a statement by Senator David Dafinone, Chairman and F. Pemu, Secretary, had counselled those interested in remaining on the community lands to urgently enter into a new lease with the association.

It also asked interested tenants to pay all outstanding rent and penalty for non-payment of rent during the period of occupation before the judgment by a Delta State High Court sitting in Sapele, which held that the Land Use Act did not divest the claimants of their reversion interest in the deed of lease, dated December 3, 1908.

The association said the state high on February 2, in suit between Chief Joseph Onomor and others against the Governor, Delta State and another, held that Section 34(2) of the Land Use Act did not divest the claimants of their reversioners’ interest in the Deed of Lease dated 3/12/1908.

“The court also held that the land demised by the said deed dated 3/12/1908, had since reverted to the claimants as reversioners under the said lease. The court also restrained the defendants, their agents, privies or assigns from denying the claimants  their reversioners’ interest and or rights on the said land covered by the deed of lease dated 3/12/1908.

“It (court) also restrained the defendants from derogating from the claimants rights as reversioners in the lease dated 3/12/1908 and registered as No 2/08 in the volume 1B of the lands,” the association added.


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