Court restraints Oyo ex-Governor, Ajimobi, Makinde over land revocation

An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan, the state capital, has limited the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi and his successor, Mr. Seyi Makinde from going or visiting a landed property belonging to the former governor.

We reviews that the land in dispute was recently revoked by the present administration in the state under Eng. Makinde.

Ajimobi, soon after the land was revoked, dragged Makinde to court over the disavowal of the landed property at Agodi Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ibadan.

Likewise sued alongside the governor are the State Attorney General, the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The former governor is likewise claiming the total of N15 million from the defendants being cost of the activity, including the expenses incurred to file each of the cases, and his attorney’s professional fees.

We accumulated that the lawsuit was documented 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.

The issue includes the renouncement of a property possessed by Ajimobi in Agodi, Government Reservation Area (GRA), Ibadan, to which the former governor has filed four suits numbered; I/183/2020, I/184/2020, I/185/2020 and I/186/2020 at the State High Court.

Ajimobi in the document before the court is contesting the basis of the notice which was sent by the state government on the 31st of January, 2020.

Meanwhile, the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Munta Abimbola, while presiding over the case, restrained the duo of Ajimobi and Makinde from going or visiting the landed property pending the time when the case would be determined.

Abimbola gave the order following the powerlessness of the court to hear a Motion on Notice for interlocutory directive documented by Ajimobi cousel, Mr. Kazeem Gbadamosi because of the failure of the counsel to the Oyo State government, Mr. Nathaniel Oke, to respond to the motion on time.

At the continued becoming aware of the case on Monday, direction to the state government recorded a motion seeking for an extension of time to respond to the application filed by the former governor.

Gbadamosi raised no objection to the motion for extension of time but, however, asked the court to order that status quo be maintained on the land, adding that the status quo as at February 13 when he filed the motion was that the land belonged to the former governor.

This submission did not go down well with the counsel to the state government who argued that the status quo as at the time the application was filed was the revocation of the land which he stated was revoked on February 10 while the former governor’s application was filed on February 13.

Abimbola then ordered the counsel to advise their clients not go to or take any action on the said land pending the determination of the pending motion.

He further ordered the counsel to the state government to file the defence within 10 days and that the petitioner must respond within seven days of being served the response.

Abimbola then adjourned the issue till March 30 for all gatherings to document all the necessary papers before the court.