Court bars ex-senator from building on Ikoyi land
Justice Folasade Bankole-Oki of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, on Thursday ordered former chairman, Senate Committee on Housing, Ikechukwu Obiora, to stop further development of a property on 6, Okotie-Eboh Street, Ikoyi.
The judge ordered that status quo be maintained, and warned that any party who flouts the order would be held in contempt of court.
“I don’t need to tell anybody that when there is a status quo order, there are legal consequences if it is violated,” the judge said.
Justice Bankole-Oki said status quo should be maintained pending the hearing of the claimant’s application for injunction.
The judge ordered that photograph of the property, showing its present state be taken.
“The photograph of the property will be verified by all counsel by way of an affidavit,” the judge said.
The claimant, Chief Louis Onwugbenu, sued the senator, his company Corporate Ideals Properties Limited; a businessman A. B. C. Orjiako and property firm Orangeline Limited.
Onwugbenu claimed that he gave the senator the sum of N1.4billion for the purchase of 6, Okotie-Eboh, Ikoyi and other properties in Lagos. He is urging the court to hold that he is the rightful owner entitled to the certificate of occupancy in respect of the properties.
The claimant sought an order directing the defendants to return the original certificate of occupancy in respect of the property to him and to take necessary steps to perfect the title to his name.
In the alternative, Onwugbenu sought an order directing the former senator to refund N1.4billion to him, which he gave the former senator in trust for the purchase of the properties.
The claimant accused Obiorah of demolishing a three-storey building on the property with a view to erecting another structure on the land.