By Innocent Anaba
Lagos—The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos, has adjourned till June 1, 2015 to appeal by some Badagry landlords and residents who sued the Lagos State Government over alleged unlawful demolition of about 1,500 buildings in the area.
The appellants, from Atinporome, Araromi Ale Extension and Mowo Phase 2 communities in the area, are seeking N100billion compensation.
The appellants are also seeking the reversal of the judgment of a Lagos State High Court in Badagry, which struck out their fundamental rights enforcement suit, challenging the demolition of their places of residence for want of jurisdiction.
The lower court judge, had, on July 10, 2014, struck out the appellants’ suit, holding that it fell outside the scope of fundamental rights enforcement action.
But the residents in their appeal before the Justice Sidi Bage-led appellate panel, are praying the the court to either decide their case on its merit or return the file to the Lagos State Chief Judge, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, for reassignment to a new judge for fresh trial.
The appellant, who claimed that their communities were invaded about 4.30a.m., on December 16, 2013, had urged the lower court to declare that the demolition of their houses by agent of Lagos State was wrongful, wicked, oppressive and unconstitutional.