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Trespass: Woman, sues commissioner, others

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—The Lagos state Commissioner for Lands, the Attorney General of Lagos State, and Ikeja Saddle Club, has been dragged before a Lagos High Court, by a woman Josephine Momoh over alleged trespass on a land belonging to her.

The claimant who resides at  23, Fagbemi Street, Shasha area of Lagos state is asking the court through her lawyer, Ola Sobowale, to restrain the three defendants from further trespassing on a parcel of land situated at Isheri, near Olowora, in Kosofe local government area of the state.

She explained that the land could be better described on Plan No. TJ/LA/47/77 and dated 12th July, 1977 made by Surveyor J. Theophilus John, a licensed surveyor.                                                                                          Momoh, said that the land in dispute is a portion of a piece of land which was originally settled upon by Ikumoworo, who was the first Onikoro of Oruba Agboyi and also the Onikoro of Isheri several years ago in accordance with Yoruba Native Law and Custom.

She explained that the said Ikumoworo was survived by three children upon which the land devolved jointly by way of inheritance to Yoruba native Law and Custom, noting that one of the three sub heads of the branch family cannot take a decision to sell any portion of the land without the consent of others.

Momoh is asking the Lagos state High Court, to declare that she is entitled to the statutory right occupancy over that piece of land situated along Isheri/Olowora Road, within Kosofe local government area of Lagos, particularly delineated on Survey Plan No. TJ/LA/47/77 dated 12th July 1977.

She is also, seeking for a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, servants and privies from further trespassing on the said land.

The 1st and 2nd Defendants through their counsel, Mrs O.G Adedeji of Lagos state ministry of Justice denied the allegations, stating that the said subject site falls within the parcel of land acquired by the Lagos state government in 1969.


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