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Court hears dispute over Ikoyi property

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Justice Mufutau Olokoba of a Lagos High Court, Ikeja, will on December 18, 2018, hear arguments in a property dispute filed by ARGYLL and Kingston Investments Limited, against Oba Patrick Ibikunle Fafunwa Onikoyi and others.

Other defendants in the suit number LD/780lm/2016 are; Chief Adedotun Adeseye Onikoyi, Chief Abayomi Samuel Fafunwa Onikoyi, DAF Homes and Estate Limited and the occupier.

The claimant had, through its lawyer, Tokunbo Ayanniyi, urged the court to hold that by a certificate of occupancy, dated September 16, 1996, and registered as 42/42/23 at the Federal Land Registry, Ikoyi, the claimant became the owner of the parcel of land located at Plot 7, Block 2, Ikoyi Foreshore, Lagos State.

Besides, the claimant is also seeking an order directing the Deputy Sheriff of the Lagos High Court to take over the premises and cause a day and night guard from a reputable security firm to be stationed on the property.

The claimant further urged the court to maintain a status quo ante bellum (position prevailing before the defendants started construction work) on the disputed land.

But, in their statement of defence, dated October 27, 2016, the defendants, through their lawyer, Yemi Peters, stated that the first to third defendants are adjudged owners and the persons entitled to the exclusive possession of the disputed property.

The first to third defendants stated that they have been exercising full acts of ownership over the land and granted a sub-lease of the land to the fourth defendant in exercise of their rights as the owners of the land in suit LD/1172/1993.

They argued that the fourth defendant (DAF Homes and Estate Limited) has perfected its interest on the land and applied to Lagos State for the grant of Governor’s Consent to the land. In their written address in opposition to the claimant’s application, the defendants submitted that the claimant does not have any legal right that has been threatened to entitle the reliefs being sought by the claimant. The Sun

 

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