*claims N15m damages
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The immediate past governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi dragged Governor Seyi Makinde and three others to court over the revocation of his landed property at Agodi Government Reservation Area (GRA), in Ibadan.
Others sued alongside Governor Makinde are the State Attorney General, the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.
In the suit, Senator Ajimobi is also claiming N15million from the defendants being cost of the action, including the expenses incurred to file each of the cases, and his Attorney’s professional fees.
The four suits numbered; I/183/2020, I/184/2020, I/185/2020 and I/186/2020 were filed on Wednesday, 12th of February at the High Court of Justice of Oyo State in the Ibadan Judicial Division, by a former Attorney General of the State, Mutalubi Ojo Adebayo Esq. of the Adebayo & Gbadamosi, Legal Practitioners
In the claims, the former governor is seeking an order of perpetual injunction, stopping the state government from revoking the property with a Certificate of Right of Occupancy dated 6th February 2019 and registered as No. 56 at Page 56 in Volume 3771 of the Lands Registry Office; as well as an order of injunction against the defendants, their servants, agents and privies, to stop the listed persons from restraining any developmental work, or causing disturbance on the said property, describing the revocation as “unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and one not borne of good intention.”
According to the documents filed by the legal counsel of the former governor, “the property to be revoked is no longer existent in name as it was merged with another property by the claimant with the “landed property comprised in the Deed of Gift, dated March 17th, 2015 between the former governor and Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola Alao, the late Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland. It is registered as No. 17 at Page 17 in Volume 3714 of the Deeds Registry Office, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.”
The former governor claimed that “the land in dispute was donated to him by Alhaji Alao, and was acquired by him by the virtue of Statutory Right of Occupancy dated February 10th, 2009 and registered as No. 35 at Page 35 in Volume 3556 of the Lands Registry Office, Ibadan and that the donor was said to have enjoyed undisturbed possession of the land before donating it to the claimant.
Senator Ajimobi stressed in the document that it was also merged with the property registered as No. 16 at Page 16 in Volume 3714 of the Lands Registry Office, Ibadan, and was fenced round for the development of guest chalets, church, mosque, recreation areas and the country home of the former Governor.
In the lawsuit, the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development were accused of forcibly entering, trespassing and breaking into Ajimobi’s landed property on the 17th of October 2019 with the main gate of the property allegedly destroyed, the doors of all the rooms in the property were smashed, and several valuable building materials in the property were also allegedly destroyed, adding, “all these were perpetuated by officials of the ministry, armed Police men and suspected political thugs of the Oyo State Governor.
It was learnt that the former Governor has since lodged a complaint of alleged tresspassing with the Police, and the individuals involved are being investigated while the Police had also interrogated the Commissioner for Lands and that those interrogated have since been on bail but are still reporting in Abuja for investigations surrounding their alleged involvement in the trespass.
New,Nigerian learnt that Senator Ajimobi also alleged Governor Makinde of boasting in different places and on several fora that he would revoke every property belonging to his predecessor anywhere in the state if he does not discontinue the charges against the Commissioner.