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IN IKEJA: Court cancels sale of land to WAEC

by Badejo Oluwaseun

Justice Mariam Emeya of Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has revoked the sale of four plots of land involving West African Examination Council (WAEC) and others of four plots of land sold to the West African Examination Council (WAEC).

While delivering judgement in suit number ID/920/2011, the judge held that the four plots of land located at Southern Industrial Estate, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, were illegally acquired and should be returned to the owner. She further held that there was no negotiation, agreement, sale, alienation or assignment in writing by the claimant on his four plots of land to WAEC (international) nor did he appoint any person whatsoever in any capacity to carry out any negotiation.

The claimant, Kayode Euzebio had in suit number ID/920/2011, sued the West African Examination Council (WAEC), Maxi Market Limited (1st defendant) , the Attorney General of Lagos State (2nd defendant) and the Registrar of titles, Lagos state (4th defendant) over a parcel of land known as plot 6, Southern Industrial Estate, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.

Euzebio, through his lawyer Babatunde Oshilaja, urged the court to invoke disciplinary jurisdiction of the court and restrain the defendants from taking any action on the disputed land pending hearing and final determination of the suit.

The claimant had told the court that the first and second defendants without his consent and against his interest wrongfully, illegally occupied his plots of land and has commenced preparation for buildings and construction works on the disputed land.

In their statement of defense, the defendants had prayed the court to strike out the suit for being an abuse of court process.

The defendant had maintained that prior to the execution of terms of settlement, the claimant and first defendant allegedly agreed that the interest of the claimant be reduced to monetary value and that the claimant is paid of the value of the said land.

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