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Court grants firm ownership of Itedo land

The Guardian reports that a Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Oyekan Abdullahi, has granted Bela Vista Property Development Company Limited ownership of Itedo land which had been a subject of dispute and litigation between some members of Itedo community and Bela Vista Property Development Company Limited.

Other defendants named in the suit filed by Itedo community are the Attorney General of Lagos State, Elegushi Property Investment Company Limited, Chief Kehinde Elegushi (Odofin of Ikate Land), Chief Lamidi Elegushi (Eletu of Ikate Land), Chief Karimu Bakare (Aro of Ikate Land) and Chief Morufu Elegushi (Olisa of Ikate Land),

Delivering judgment on November 29, 2016, in a 20-year-old suit, Justice Abdullahi declared that the irrevocable Power of Attorney given to Bela Vista Property Development Company Limited by the Elegushi Property Investment Company Limited is valid and that the company is the owner of the entire land measuring 113.884 hectares covered by the irrevocable Power of Attorney.

The court also declared that all persons presently occupying the land are encroachers. The Court further granted an Order of Possession in favour of Bela Vista Property Development Company Limited to all the portions of the land encroached upon by the Itedo community and all the people who derived their titles from them.

The Court in its judgment further declared that the Irrevocable Power of Attorney given to Bela Vista Property Development Company Limited by the Elegushi family is valid and that the company is the owner of the land covered by the Irrevocable Power of Attorney registered as No. 99, Page 99, Volume 1926 granted to it by the Elegushi family.

Furthermore, the Court granted an Order of Perpetual Injunction restraining the Itedo community from committing any further acts of trespass on the land.

The Land in dispute is edged pink in Plan No. BAASS.096/LAG/97 dated January 6, 1998, which formed part of the land of the Elegushi Family under Yoruba native law and custom.

Source: The Guardian

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