By Kingsley Adegboye
Apparently determined to get back their land despite the many challenges confronting the execution of a Supreme Court judgement which ordered the release of 549 plots of landed property in Shangisha-Magodo Town Scheme II in Ikosi-Ketu Local Council Development Area, LCDA in Lagos State, the original owners of the property have begun a new move to repossess their land.
In their fresh move to repossess their land, the land owners under the aegis of Landlords’ Association of Shangisha-Magodo now want the Supreme Court of Nigeria to wade into the matter by making a judicial pronouncement that will give effect to the execution and possession of their landed property. They were represented by Chief Adebayo Adeyiga and six others.
In an originating summon pursuant to Order 113 Rules 1 and 3 of the Rule of the Supreme Court in England, the applicants among others are asking for an order of the court for the recovery of the 549 plots of land in the Shangisha Village Scheme II in Ikosi-Ketu LCDA of Kosofe Local Government of Lagos.
The apex court had in its ruling, affirmed the judgements of the Lagos State High Court and the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division, which ordered the state government to immediately allocate 549 plots to the landlords under the Shangisha/Magodo Estate Scheme 2.
The Supreme Court held that the Lagos State High Court and the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal came to the right conclusion in 1994 and 2001 respectively when they ordered the state government to re-allocate the same 549 plots to the landlords or allocate plots of their choices to them elsewhere.
The five-man panel in a unanimous decision delivered by Justice Olufunlola Oyelola Adekeye, held that it could not disturb the concurrent findings of the High Court and Court of Appeal as they were premised on sound legal footings.