IKEJA—The place of voodoo in dispute resolution may have been given recognition  by the Lagos State House of Assembly despite the fact that it is alien to Nigerian law.

This is so as the lawmakers urged the Radelu Family of Ikorodu to remove fetish materials from two plots of land in Aga, Ikorodu area of Lagos State which had hindered development from taken place.

The House also ordered the family to give the two plots of land to its rightful owner, Mrs Ganiat  Sadiku, a 52-year-old widow, who bought them from the Radelu Family 17 years ago.

The petitioner,  who narrated her ordeal to Vanguard said: “Since 17 years when I bought two plots of land from the Radelu Family, it has been from one problem to another. Though I have all the necessary pictorials to back up my claims, the Radelu Family of Ikorodu has been making life miserable for me. There are different violent attempts to dispose me of my property situated at Radelu Family land, Aga ward, Ikorodu.

“I have been battling strange things in my house, my family has been devastated because of what is happening and for those 17 years, I have been moving around like a mad woman on the street until I encountered someone who advised me to approach the Lagos State House of Assembly for help and I forwarded my petition.”

In its intervention, the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions, Mr. Sanai Agunbiade, noted that the petitioner purchased the land in 1995.

The House then urged the Radelu Family to accept ratification instead of outright repossession of the land in dispute which is part of the subject-matter of litigation that produced the judgment suit number IKD/1179/82.

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