The Olowoto-Olisa Chieftaincy Family of Ewu-Odofin village via Shimawa, Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun State have vowed to continue their legal suit to retrieve their landed property allegedly taken over by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
In a suite NO: HCS/114/2010 held in the High Court of Ogun State in the Sagamu Judicial Division Holden at Sagamu, the claimants, Chief Adeboye Jaiyesimi, Alhaji Jamiu Ayodeji, Chief Jinadu Basawe Obisola, Chief Adebonpe Oduntan and Ganiyu Ayodeji for themselves and on behalf of the Olowoto-Olisa Chieftaincy Family are challenging the Registered Trustees of Redeemed Christian Church of God and Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye.
Counsel to the claimants, Yomi Omodele & Co is praying “the court should ensure justice in the case as a Church of God should not be so found in any act of injustice, but should be an agent of peace and representatives of God among men.”
In an amended statement of claim, the claimants claim ownership of all that expanse of land lying, situates and being at Olowoto-Olisa Chieftaincy family land, Ewu-Odofin village, via Shimawa, Shagamu Local Government Area, Ogun State which forms the basis of the suit.
The claim reads further that the land being the family possession from time immemorial without any disturbance from anybody whatsoever was recently noticed to have been trespassed and or encroached upon by the defendants.
The claimants however claims against the defenders as follows: a declaration that the unlawful entrance of the defendants into claimants’ land herein without the consent and authority of the claimants constitutes acts of trespass by the defendants on the claimants’ land.
The claimants also claim an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their servants, agents and or privies from further entry on, remaining on, building on and from doing any further activity whatsoever on the claimants’ land in dispute or committing any further act of trespass on the claimants’ land herein, which acts may have any adverse effect to the interest, right or title of title of the claims’ family on the said land.
The family also desire an order of the court awarding general damages in the sum of N500,000 only against the defendants in favour of the claimants for trespass to the claimants’ land.
However, in another suit NO: HCS/114/2010 between the family and the Registered Trustees of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, the defendants deny each and every allegation of fact contained in the Claimants Statement of claim as if each were specifically set out and traversed seriatim.
In one of the paragraphs, the defendants aver that the land in dispute is owed by the RCCG whose head office is 1-9, Redemption Way, Ebute-Metta, Lagos.
The defendants also aver further that upon being possessed of the land by purchase from the accredited customary owners, the accredited customary owners signed some documents/receipt for the 1st Defendant as evidence that the 1st Defendant paid them for their land. The documents are hereby pleaded and shall be relied on at the trial.
According to the defendants, despite the land was validly purchased from the accredited owners, some of the claimants’ family were still excavating sand from the land and selling same to unsuspecting public.
Meanwhile, the RCCG in a letter dated 18/11/2013 with the heading: RE: AMICABLE RESOLUTION OF LAND DISPUTE: ALH. JAMIU AYODEJI & ORS VS. RCCG SUIT NO. HCS/114/2010 & CA/1/M5/2013 to The Principal Partner, Yemi Omodele & Co., signed by the Legal Officer to the RCCG, Pastor Ayodele Oladeji, the RCCG had replied to a letter on the above subject matter dated October 21, 2013, responding that, the Church feels shortchanged by the terms as proposed in the letter under reference. It also refers that the Church having paid for the land would want all the 364.29 Acres in Parcel A of the referenced Survey Plan in the letter, as well as 50 Acres in Parcel A of the referenced Survey Plan in your (claimants’) letter, as well as 50 Acres in Parcel B, conceding 28.38 Acres as the Village Excision.
However according to another letter dated 19th November and signed by Yemi Omodele & Co, representing the complainants, a report was made after the defendants were alleged to have trespassed on the land.
The letter reads in part that, “However, on 19/11/2015 at about 10am, your clients invaded the land in dispute with armed men led by one Alhaji Kamorudeen Lamino (aka Sir “K”) and started destroying our clients’ property worth millions of Naira. Sir “K” is a notorious land speculator in Ikorodu-Lagos. This attitude is unfair.”
Omodele however concluded that, “We write to inform you that you should advice your clients not to do what will affect the cause of justice.”
The suit again comes up on 14/01/2016.
Story by: Dayo Emmanuel