Court sheriffs, policemen storm Ojora-Badia communities to enforce eviction

The court Sheriffs accompanied by policemen at Ijora Badia... last week.

The court Sheriffs accompanied by policemen at Ijora Badia… last week.

Officials of Lagos High Court and policemen recently visited Ojora-Badia communities to enforce an evictio notice, following the vast parcel of land that has been a subject of litigation since 2002. The property includes a substantial part of the land hosting the 7up Bottling Company.

The visitation was made after a High Court declaration that ruled that Ojora Ruling House has the statutory right to occupy the land. The said judgement was earlier in favour of Ojora Royal Family directing them to take possession of the entire Iganmu community with effect from July 31, 2007.

Justice Kazeem Alogba handed down the verdict in a page judgment in Suit No. LD/443/2002: Oba Fatai Oyegbemi Aromire (Ojora of Lagos) and two others versus Chief Ogunyemi and 30 other respondents.

Following the delivery of the judgement after years of legal battles, the Ojora family has swung into action in a bid to take legal possession of the disputed land.

The family, in company of Court Sheriffs and policemen pasted notice, ordering the prsent occupants of the land to vacate. The statement reads: “The claimant are persons entitled to possession of the parcel of land in Ijora – Badia between Orile – Iganmu, Ijora Express road and container terminal to Ebute – Iganmu Ijora. Illegal trespassers will be dealt with if they refuse to vacate and obey the court.

The royal ruler of the Ijora community, Oba Fatai Aremu Aromire Ojora, said the land disput has been in court for 13 years and that the defendants are trespassers on the land.

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