On the 2nd March, 2022, the High Court of Lagos granted leave to enforce the Judgement of Bada J in Suit No. IKD/118/1968 delivered on November 20, 1975 over a vast area of land in Surulere, Lagos measuring 315.9 acres.
On the 30th of March, 2023, some residents of Surulere were alarmed when they found the inscription “possession taken in Suit No. Suit No. IKD/118/1968” painted on their residence by Court officials.
There was a huge outcry by residents affected by the enforcement exercise who were not aware of any pending proceedings.
The Honourable Attorney General of Lagos State, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, upon receiving petitions and complaints from affected residents, caused a search to be conducted on the Court’s file which revealed several irregularities and anomalies on the part of the purported Judgment Creditors.
The Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice on behalf of affected residents therefore filed an application asking the Honourable Court to set aside the enforcement of the Judgement on the ground that it was obtained by fraud and concealment of facts.
The application was argued personally by the Honourable Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice on the 12th of May, 2023.
On the 25th of May, 2023, the Court presided over by Honourable Justice A. M. Lawal delivered its Ruling and set aside the enforcement of the Judgment of Bada J. The Court also awarded cost against the purported Judgment Creditors in the sum of N300,000.00 (Three Hundred Thousand Naira) to other set of Applicants affected by the execution.