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Man sues Catholic Church, four others for N30m over alleged property demolition, land grabbing

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Mr Babatunde Olalekan Lawal of No 15, Church Street, Opebi, Lagos has dragged the incorporated Trustees of St Alphonsus Catholic Church, Akute, Ogun State as well as Hakeem Fabolude, Samson Fabolude, Rasheed Fabolude and Yaya Ogundimu before an Ogun State High Court sitting in Ota for alleged demolition of his four-flat building at Tunde Senbanjo Crescent, Akute as well as the forceful take over of the three and half plot of lands upon which the property was built.

 

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Man sues Catholic Church, four others for N30m over alleged property demolition, land grabbing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr Babatunde Olalekan Lawal, in a suit marked HCT/861/19 and dated September 7, 2020 filed by Barr A T Badmus, alleged that the 1st defendant, St Alphonsus Catholic Church, Akute connived with the 5th defendant, Yaya Ogundimu alleged to be a land speculator as well as the 2nd to 4th defendants; Hakeem Fabolude, Samson Fabolude and Rasheed Fabolude to chase out his sister and other tenants of the house sometimes in 2013 after which the structure was demolished with the first defendant, the Catholic Church taking possession of the property.

 

 

 

 

 

The claimant explained that he had bought the 3 and half plot of land around 1990 from the Fabolude’s family through his sister, one Mrs Adebayo Oluwatoyin and that sometimes in 1992 when he came back to Nigeria from abroad, he had perfected the land sales agreement with the Fabolude’s family after which he built three bedroom flat, two other rooms behind and one other on the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said that he had equally gotten relevant documents from the government such as the Survey Plan and Certificate of Occupancy to confirm his ownership of the said land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The claimant disclosed further that he had been enjoying relative peace on the property until sometimes in 2013 when Yaya Ogundimu, the 5th defendant chased his sister and other tenants living in the house away on the ground that he had a court judgement backing his actions whereas he claimed that the court processes leading to this judgement were not served on him neither his sister, one Mrs Olayinka Rufai living in the house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 5th defendant was said to have relied on a judgement in their favour in a suit marked HCL/24/81 to allegedly get another default judgment in a suit marked HCT/401/2005 to be laying ownership to the land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The claimant however revealed that aside the fact that the 5th defendant allegedly did not serve him the court processes in the suit marked HCT/401/2005 upon which he got default judgment to take possession of the land in dispute, he also failed to make full disclosure to the court that that judgement in the suit no HCL/24/81 which he was relying on was at that time being challenged at the Appeal Court, Ibadan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He said the judgement the 5th defendant obtained in the suit no HCL/24/81 was on June 30, 2016 in a suit marked CA/1/76/93 vacated by the Appeal Court, Ibadan.

The claimant claimed further that during one of his visits to Nigeria, the 1st defendant, the St Alphonsus Catholic Church, Akute had approached him to sell his land to them but he had objected saying that he also wanted to use the land.

He explained that after allegedly conniving with the 5th defendant to illegally and forcefully take over his property through a backdoor judgement, the Catholic Church allegedly repurchased the property after which they brought the bulldozer to demolish his building and then occupied the three and half plot of land.

Mr Babatunde Olalekan Lawal also stated that sometimes in 2012, the Fabolude’s family through the 2nd to 4th defendants told him that he would have to repurchase the land and for the sake of giving peace a chance he paid another sum of N1m but was however surprised at the turn of events

The claimant among other things has therefore demanded N30m as special and general damages for the losses suffered over his property.

Aside asking the court to declare him as the rightful owner of the property, Mr Babatunde Olalekan Lawal equally asked the court to give perpetual order of injunction restraining the defendants, their agents, representatives among others from further entering of the land while the Catholic Church should also remove its encroaching structures on the land and vacate it.

Meanwhile, the presiding judge, Justice O. O. Osunfisan, who had just been re-assigned the case, has adjourned the matter to May 3, 2023 for further hearing of the suit.

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Eko Cares: Group Commends Sanwo-Olu’s Compassionate Leadership On Social Interventions

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has garnered praise from The Mandate Movement for his decisive actions in the face of economic challenges with the launch of the ‘Eko Cares’ initiative. The initiative, aimed at alleviating the hardships faced by residents, particularly the economically vulnerable, has been lauded as a significant step towards improving livelihoods in the state.

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The Chairman of The Mandate Movement, Abdullahi Ayinde Enilolobo, conveyed his gratitude to Governor Sanwo-Olu through a member of the group’s Central Working Committee (CWC), Prince Adewale Arogundade, for spearheading various interventions aimed at mitigating the adverse effects of inflationary trends. A total of 300,000 households are expected to benefit from the inaugural program.

According to Enilolobo, “This holistic approach shows Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to addressing the multifaceted challenges facing Lagosians and ensuring that no one is left behind in the pursuit of progress. Additionally, measures such as free ante-natal care, reduced transportation fares, and support for small businesses underscore the government’s dedication to improving the quality of life for all residents.

“We at The Mandate Movement commend Governor Sanwo-Olu for this initiative put together for the residents of Lagos, which also collorates with the wonders of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led administration. This clearly shows that the All Progressive Congress (APC) remains a beacon of hope for Lagosians, and Nigerians at large.”

Residents across Lagos have begun to laud the ‘Eko Cares’ initiative, stating that the government has shown determination to prioritize the well-being of its citizens, embodying the principles of empathy, inclusivity, and resilience in the face of adversity.

 

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An Icon of Service: NATCOM boss, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro’s Leadership Legacy

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In the intricate mosaic of Nigeria’s societal fabric, Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a beacon of commitment, resilience, and service.

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Born on March 6th, 1973, in Lagos, he draws from a lineage steeped in political legacy, being the grandson of the late Premier of Western Region, Alhaji Daudu Sooroye Adegbenro. Raised in a family that values service to the community, Otunba Adegbenro has carved his path as a distinguished figure in Nigerian society.

The culmination of his familial heritage and dedication to community service was marked by his installation as the first Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom in Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.

This historic event, which took place on January 20th, 2018, under the auspices of His Royal Majesty Oba Olusanya Dosunmu II, traditional ruler of Owu kingdom, reinforced Otunba Adegbenro’s deep-rooted ties to his cultural heritage and commitment to uplifting his people.

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Beyond his traditional titles, his influence extends globally, with his appointment as High Commissioner by the International Human Rights Commission (IHRC), where he spearheads foreign special missions aimed at preventing illegal migration and human trafficking. This appointment is a testament of his reputation as a renowned security expert and industrialist, whose expertise transcends national borders.

In his role as the acting Director-General of the National Commission against the Proliferation of Arms, Light Weapons, and Pipeline Vandalism (NATCOM), Otunba Adegbenro has demonstrated a steadfast commitment to combating threats to national security. His vast experience in security consultancy and supply of security gadgets has positioned him as a pivotal figure in Nigeria’s security landscape.

However, Otunba Laje of Owu Kingdom’s contributions extend beyond the realm of security.

Through his foundation, the Otunba Adejare Adegbenro Foundation (OAAF), he channels his resources towards uplifting the less privileged in society. With initiatives ranging from the provision of boreholes to communities lacking access to clean water, to scholarships for deserving students, he exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy and communal solidarity.

Reflecting on his journey, Otunba Adegbenro once acknowledged the challenges he has faced, from navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship to confronting societal stereotypes.

Yet, through it all, he remains resolute in his commitment to service and upliftment. His philosophy, rooted in faith and compassion, drives him to make a tangible difference in the lives of others, regardless of obstacles encountered along the way.

Otunba Adejare Adegbenro stands as a testament to the power of leadership, resilience, and unwavering dedication to the common good. In him, Nigerians find not only a visionary leader but a compassionate steward of progress, whose impact reverberates far beyond the shores of his homeland.

 

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Bullying: Victim may sue As Abuja School Shut

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Lead British International School Abuja, which has been in the eye of the storm over viral videos of bullying involving some of its students, has been shut for three days.

The shutdown order was issued on Tuesday by the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy-Ohaneye.

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The Public Relations Officer of the FCT Education Secretariat, Kabiru Musa,  confirmed that the school had been shut down by the minister.

“Yes, it was shut down by the honourable Minister of Women  Affairs for 3 days,” Musa in response to a Whatsapp message by one of our correspondents.

 

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staff member of the school, whose name could not be ascertained as of press time, had earlier announced the shutdown of the school by the minister.

The PUNCH reports that an X user, @moooyeeeee, had on Monday night posted two videos of a female student of the school being repeatedly slapped by another female classmate.

The user called for justice for the victim. Since they were posted, the videos have drawn the wrath of many users of the microblogging platform, who condemned the incident and called for the school authorities to investigate and punish the culprits.

 

A third video depicting a separate case of bullying at the Lead British International School, Abuja emerged on Tuesday.

In the new video posted on Tuesday, some male students in the school’s uniform are seen surrounding another boy who appears to be in casual attire.

A student slapped the boy, who was on his knees, and then some of the other boys who were gathered appealed to stop the ‘bully’ from further harming the boy, who was later whisked away in the nine-second video.

An X user, @PopoolaJoke4, who posted the video wrote, “No be the same school?”, in response to the first viral video of bullying in the same school that was released earlier.

In one of the videos of the minister’s visit, the  representative of the school was heard saying, “By the request of the Minister of Women Affairs, we are Nigerians who respect rules and regulations and we are under the law because our school is actually recognised and our school is under the Federal Capital Territory, and we are registered and based on that, Lead British International School, Abuja is hereby shut  for three days.”

As of the time of filing this report, our correspondent could not ascertain whether the FCTA would use the occasion to investigate other private schools in which alleged cases of bullying take place in the FCT.

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Namtira Bwala, the student assaulted by her fellow students at Lead British International School, has written the school management, demanding a thorough investigation and heavy sanctions for the 11 students who bullied her.

Two of the bullies were identified tobe Maryam Hassan and a certain Faliya.

Bwala, in a letter addressed to the management of her school through her lawyers at the Deji Adeyanju and Partners Law Firm, gave the school an ultimatum of 48 hours after which she will seek legal redress.

 

A copy of the letter obtained by The PUNCH read, “Our client and several other parents in Lead British International School have informed us and we verily believe them that this act of bullying is a reoccurring issue in the school, and despite several attempts to draw the school’s attention to it, the issue has persisted, leaving our client traumatised from the emotional and physical effect of the oppressive acts by these daredevil bullies.

“Our client completely dissociates herself from the statement issued by the school on April 22, 2024, wherein a case of battery was unconscionably referred to as an ‘incident between minors’.

“Sequel to the foregoing, we have our client’s instruction to demand an immediate investigation and the pronouncement of the stiffest possible sanctions in the student’s rule book on Ms. Maryam Hassan, Miss Faliya and nine other students who have formed a cult of bullies in Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja.

“Please note that if the school fails to sanction the student bullies within 48 hours of the receipt of this letter, we have our client’s further instruction to seek an immediate and severe legal redress against Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, without further recourse to you.”

 

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