Court seals Ondo govt auto mar­ket

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Bola Ojuola, Akure

An Ondo State High Court sit­ting in Akure, the Ondo State cap­i­tal, has or­dered the seal­ing of the pop­u­lar state au­to­mo­bile mar­ket fol­low­ing al­leged dis­obe­di­ence of a va­ca­tion or­der ear­lier handed down to the state gov­ern­ment.

With the de­vel­op­ment, the au­to­mo­bile deal­ers oc­cu­py­ing the premises lo­cated along Akure- Ile­sha road may have to leave.

Some peo­ple lay­ing claim to the land, one Chief Taye James and one Idowu Onanuga had sued the gov­ern­ment for il­le­gally ac­quir­ing the land.

The court in 2014, in a judg­ment de­liv­ered by Jus­tice A.O Ade­bu­soye, ruled that the gov­ern­ment should va­cate the land. It fur­ther ruled that the first claimant was en­ti­tled to a statu­tory right of oc­cu­pancy over the prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­sel of the claimants, Bar­ris­ter Ke­hinde Ojo, the gov­ern­ment had al­legedly not obeyed the court or­der on the land, which made his clients to ap­proach the court again.

To en­force the ear­lier judge­ment, the plain­tiff lawyers, af­ter ap­proach­ing the court moved to en­force it, hence rea­son for the seal­ing of the place.

One of the claimants to the land Chief James said he would give the gov­ern­ment op­tions of giv­ing him back the land as di­rected by the court or the de­fen­dant should give him N100 mil­lion as com­pen­sa­tion.

He said the im­me­di­ate past gov­ern­ment of Dr. Oluse­gun Mimiko had agreed to pay them N100 mil­lion as com­pen­sa­tion but the money was not paid un­til the gov­ern­ment left in Fe­bru­ary this year. He de­clared that the gov­ern­ment should pay the money or va­cate the land.

In his re­ac­tion, the Chief Press Sec­re­tary to Gov­er­nor Oluwaro­timi Ak­eredolu, Se­gun Aji­boye said the gov­ern­ment would study the court rul­ing and take fur­ther action.

From right: Man­ag­ing Direc­tor/CEO, As­set Man­age­ment Cor­po­ra­tion of Nigeria (AMCON), Mr. Ahmed Kuru in a hand­shake with the Ondo State Gov­er­nor, Mr. Oluwaro­timi Ak­eredolu, SAN shortly be­fore the in­vesti­ture of Kuru as a Fel­low of IoD…re­cently

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