By Onozure Dania
Lagos—Pastor Paul Adefarasin and his church, House on the Rock yesterday asked an Igbosere High Court to hands off from a N800 million suit filed by a businessman, Gerald Chukwueke against him and his Church for allegedly trespassing on a land located in Lekki area of the state, as it lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case.
Adefarasin and the church are asking the court to dismiss the suit on the ground that it is not properly constituted as to vest jurisdiction in the court to hear and determine it.
Chukwueke, and three other claimants: Chinelo Chukwueke, Mrs. Martha Chukwueke, Germaine Logistics Limited & Germaine Auto Centre Limited are seeking the sum of N800 million from the defendants as damages for allegedly trespassing on and taking over their land.
The claimants, who are also asking for the sum of N180 million as fees,for their lawyers wants the court to bar the defendants from further trespassing on the disputed Land.
Other defendants in the suit apart from Pastor Adefarasin are: the Incorporated Trustees of the Rock Foundation, the Registrar of Titles, Lagos State Land Registry and the Attorney General of Lagos State.
At the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday the defendants asked the court to strike out the suit because the entirety of the case is mischievous, frivolous, vexatious, base less & same constitutes a gross abuse of the process of court.
In the motion on notice, the claimants alleged that Pastor Adefarasin and his church sometimes in January 2016 repeatedly trespassed on their premises.
They are praying the court for an order directing the Lagos State Government and the Registrar of Titles, Lagos State Land Registry to revoke the Deed of third Party Legal Mortgage between Diamond bank and the Incorporated Trustees of the Rock Foundation