The Suenu Chieftaincy Family of Lagos State, has taking over large portion of Abebe Village, Iganmu, measuring about 6.531 acres, on Surulere Local Government Area, Lagos State.
The taking over over the land which housed many international companies such as Nigerian Ropes Plc, Olam Nigeria Limited and several others, was sequel to an agreement reached between the Suenu Chieftaincy family and it tenant, United African Company (UAC), which was made a consent judgment by Justice A. M. Lawal of Lagos State High Court.
Suenu Chieftaincy Family represented by Chief Omogbolahan A. N. Durosimi, Qudus O. Suenu, Shakirudeen Yussuf Samisideen O. Ogungbadero and Mohammed M. Durosimi had sometimes in 2015, instituted a suit marked LD/1170GCMW/2015, against U.A.C. Nigeria Plc and Registrar of Title, Lagos State, over the said large portion of the land.
However, following terms of settlement between the parties, Justice Lawal in his judgment delivered on March 13, 2017 but signed on July 12, 2019, held: “by virtue of terms of settlement dated 24, January, 2017, the claimant and the first defendant agreed to settle the issue raised in the suit on the conditions stipulated in said terms and which terms were pronounced upon by this Honourable Court as the judgement of the Court on 10th July, 2017”.
With Justice Lawal’s judgment on the land, Suenu Chieftaincy Family on September 23, 2019, in a motion exparte, approached Justice M. O. Obadina’s Court for the enforcement of the judgment.
In granting the exparte motion, Justice Obadina held: “upon the application dated 23rd day of September, 2019, coming before this honourable court to be heard on behalf of the claimants/judgment creditors/applicants.
“And upon reading the affidavit in support of the motion of Samisideen Olaseni Ogungbadero, Secretary to Suenu Chieftaincy Family, sworn to and filed o at the High Court Registry, on 26th day of September, 2019 and after hearing G. C. Nwosu of counsel to the judgment creditors/applicants, it is hereby ordered as prayed, leave is granted, the applicants to executed the judgment of the Honourable Court delivered in this suit on 13th March, 2017.
“Order is granted issuing warrant of execution of the said judgment”.
Speaking to the journalists prior to the execution the judgement on Tuesday, the Judgment Executor, Otunba Tomori Williams, who narrated how Suenu Chieftaincy family became the owner of the land in the 19th century, which was given to them by Olooto Royal Family.
Williams also narrated how the part of the land was leased to U.A.C upon approaching the family in 1947 and 1952. Adding that after sometimes UAC which had been unhindered possession till today, stopped, failed and refused to pay the statutory leasehold agreement to Suenu Chieftaincy family.
Williams stated that following the failure and refusal of UAC to pay statutory leasehold agreement on the land, forced Suenu Chieftaincy family to approach the court and instituted the suit. But stated UAC entered out-of-court settlement with the family and agreement eventual became the judgment of the court which he was empowered to execute.
He also stated that the said property in question is not a subject of any other litigation, as Suenu Chieftaincy Family has been unhindered possession through the people they leased it to, primarily, UAC, Nigerian Properties Company and others.