LAW firm, Monye, Monye & Co, on Sunday, criticized a former Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Vice President Monday Ubani’s claim that an engineer, Abiodun Ariori, acted illegally on the recovering of landed property in Ikeja, Lagos.
The firm’s principal partner, Monyr Francis, said the property, No 1, Foluronsho Kuku Street, off Opebi Village, Ikeja, belonged to the G.W. O Meadows Family, who hired his client, Ariori, to help them develop it.
Ubani had claimed in a Facebook post on December 31 that Ariori procured land grabbers and officials of Lagos State Government, who illegally invaded and forcibly occupied Monkey Village and demolished residents’ houses.
He said: “Our client was contracted by the G.W. O Meadows Family to help in the development of property now known as 1, Foluronsho Kuku Street, Off Opebi Village, Ikeja Lagos State.
“Upon the conclusion of the terms of engagement, our client discovered that he could not take possession of the land immediately and he reported the incident to the Solicitor of the Meadows Jimoh Momoh Esq of Milan Solicitors, who reported the incident to the Lagos State Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers (LSSTF/LG) vide a petition dated the 5th March 2020 in respect of the activities of Mrs. Ilori and other Occupiers of the land.
“After the submission of the Petition, the LSSTF/LG being the statutory body established by the Lagos State Government conducted an investigation in other to determine the merit of the petition.”
“We state unequivocally on behalf of our Client at no point in time coopted any of the Government Agencies to assist him in Land grabbing as alleged by Mr. M.O. Ubani, the erstwhile 2nd Vice President of NBA and the implication of this tortious allegation made against our Client.”
The lawyer noted that Ubani alluded to his Client having a Certificate of Occupancy over the land, but that “he should know better than a Certificate of Occupancy is mere evidence of title; it is a nullity where no valid title exists.
“He hasn’t supplied details or particulars of the Certificate of Occupancy to the general public so that his claims may be verified, yet he ran to the media space to castigate and cast aspersions on our Client and the Meadows family without any factual justification.
“We make bold to state that the Meadows ownership of the land has been confirmed by the High Court of Lagos State per Famuyiwa V.O J in Suit No: LD/513/80 and also affirmed by the Court of Appeal in Suit No: CA/1/16A/92. These judgments are still valid and subsisting the Supreme Court has declined the Appellants’ request for leave to appeal by virtue of the ruling of in Suit No: SC146/1995.
“It was upon the dismissal of the Appeal to the Supreme Court by the Appellants that the Meadows Family approached the High Court of Lagos State in accordance with the Sheriff and Civil Processes Act, for the execution of the judgment in Suit No: LD/513/80 which was carried out on the 30th October 1997.”
He added: “It is on record that the occupier of No. 2 Foluronsho Kuku Street, Opebi in the person of Chief S.F. Kuku had sued the Meadows Family in Suit No: ID/1270/90 over the land covered by Certificate of Occupancy dated 3rd July 1986 registered as 15/15/1986H and also the occupier of 8, Ibadan Close, Opebi, Ikeja whose Certificate of Occupancy was registered No. 52/52/1991AP all came to ratify their title with the Meadows Family after the pronouncement of their Ownership to the land covered by the judgment of the High Court of Lagos State and affirmed by the Court of Appeal.
“All these properties fall within the land covered by the survey. Mr. Ubani should state the contrary if the address of the land is not No. 1 Folorunsho Kuku Street. All these properties fall within Survey No OGEK 1911/81 ordered by the Court in Suit No: LD /513/80.
“We leave it at this for now. However, we just want the general public to know particularly the Lagos State Government that our Client in the person of Engineer Abiodun Ariori acted within the confines of the law. Do not be swayed by the hypocrisy of Mr. M.O. Uban i.”