Monarch sues against false allegation, land trespass



A Lagos monarch, Oba Nureni Alani Akinremi, the Onijegun of Ijegunland has instituted a suit before an Ikeja High Court of Lagos against the duo of Mrs. Bimpe Oliver and Rasaki Salau, over false allegation of threat to their lives and assault as a result of a land dispute.

The monarch stated that it is during the pendency of the suit that both Mrs. Oliver and Salau, wrote another petition to Zone 2 office of Nigeria Police on the allegations of assault and threat to life.

In the suit marked ID/17931LMW/2015, filed by Kemi Pinheiro, (SAN), members of the ruling house who included: Chief Jamiu Fatade, Pastor Bola Akinremi, Chief Lukman Akinremi and Kazeem Omoledun have sued Mrs. Bimpe Oliver, Rasaki Salau and an unknown person before the court.

The Royal Family in the suit are seeking an order of interlocutory injunction restraining Oliver, Salau, their agents, privies, servants from further trespassing by selling, assigning, developing, constructing or attempting in any manner whatsoever to exercise proprietary rights over any part or the whole of the land situate, laying and being at Ijegun village, Alimosho Local Government Area, Lagos, which tract of land is more particularly described in survey plan dated 13 October 2015, drawn by S. O. Sanni,  licensed surveyor.

The Royal Family also urged the court for an order directing the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), or any such officer-in-charge of the jurisdiction where the land is situated and as covered by the aforesaid survey plan to cause the arrest, detention and production of any person(s) found on the said land contrary to the order of the court on the next album or any subsequent adjourned date to be summarily death with by any order of the court.

A member of Kudeyibu’s family Pastor Bola Akinremi, who deposed to a 37 paragraph-affidavit, stated that the defendants had sometimes in August 2015, entered upon parts of the land and proceeded to deposit loads of sand/gravel in preparation to commence the construction of a structure on the land.

He added that in a swift reaction to the defendants’ act, he and other members of the family approached the defendants to notify them that Kudeyibu’s family are the bona fide owner of the land.

The deponent also stated that to his best knowledge, his family never alienated any part of the land to anyone whomsoever neither does Dada family in Ijegun have any interest whatsoever in the land.

He also stated that instead of the defendants to heed the warning of his family, they went bank to the land and resumed construction activities, and when they approached them again, the defendants allegedly used dreadful-looking thugs to chased them away, hence his family being law abiding citizens, approached the court for help.

However, the defendants while responding to the suit, in their statement of defence to the suit denied all the averments in the claimants’ motion on notice. The second respondent stated that she purchased five plots and ten feet from the family of Dada in Ijegun village, whom the claimants claimed to have bought from one Ayinde Akinremi the claimants’ family head.

The second respondent also stated that she personally took the first defendant to the claimants’ family to purchase the said five plots and ten feet of land.

The defendants therefore, urged the court to dismiss the claimants’ with substantive cost.

The matter has been adjourned till May 16, for mention.

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