Judge visits Ikoyi site over Igbosere High Court relocation controversy

By Robert Egbe

A Lagos State High Court Judge, Justice Taofiquat Oyekan-Abdullahi Tuesday visited a property at Osborne Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, the site proposed by the Lagos State Government for the relocation of Igbosere High Court.

Justice Oyekan-Abdullahi had on December 21, ruled that the court would visit the locus in quo (the place where the cause of action arose), for inspection.

She made the order while granting a motion ex-parte restraining a group of persons from preventing the state from taking full control of the property at Osborne Estate.

The motion was filed on December 10, with suit number LD/4422/2029.

The property is located at Plot 10, Block 11, Royal Park Ave, Osborne Phase II, Foreshore and has been the subject of litigation at the Federal High Court with suit number FCH/L/CS/1609/2014.

The defendants, in this case, are the Incorporated Trustees of Osborne Residents Association, Sir Steve Omajafor, and Mrs Chinwe Ezenwa-Uba.

After inspecting the property, Justice Oyekan-Abdullahi ordered the parties to meet and resolve all issues by the claimant and the defendants especially the question of security.

She adjourned the hearing until January 5, 2021, and ordered parties to maintain the status quo.

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Earlier, counsel to the state, Mr Tobi Shosanya had asked the court to make an order allowing the state government to take over the property in question for the building and relocation of Lagos High Court, Igbosere.

However, counsel to the defendant, Mr O. A. Olasewere, had contended that the area in question is a residential area therefore relocating a court to the environment would cause a security breach to the area.

Lagos is seeking to use the said property as the new premises for the Igbosere High Court Igbosere.

The Igbosere High Court complex on Lagos Island housing several courtrooms were set ablaze and completely destroyed by hoodlums during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos.

The neighbouring Igbosere Magistrates Court was also vandalised but most of the Commercial Division of the Lagos State High Court, located at TBS, was untouched.