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Lagos govt, Christ Embassy in Legal battle over land

Justice Samuel Candide-Johnson of a Lagos High court, will today, begin hearing on an interlocutory application urging him to restrain the Lagos State government from interfering with the Believers Love World (Christ Embassy), landed property situated at Oyeleke Street, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

In the substantive case before the court, the church had been contesting ownership of the parcel of land with the Executors of the estate of Chief R.A Randle, which is also laying claim to the ownership of the property.

The executors of the estate of Chief Randle are claiming that the area occupied by the church is part of the estate of the deceased, but the church is claiming the ownership of the land, which according to it was acquired from Neimeth Pharmacy with registered titles. However, as the controversy and the litigation were on-going, the state government revoked the title of the church through a letter dated February 15, 2013 signed by the state governor, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, asking the church to vacate the said land within seven days for public use.

To prevent the taking over of the property before the determination of its main suit, the church is asking the court through an interlocutory injunction to stop the government from going further with its action. At today’s proceedings, the high court is expected to listen to arguments of parties on why the government should not go ahead to acquire the landed property.

Brought as defendants in the suit are Mrs Titilola Awosusi, Alhaja Omolara Ademosu, Mr Abayomi Willoughby (Executrices and executor of the estate of late Chief R.A Randle for themselves and other beneficiaries of the estate of late Chief R.A Randle) and Lagos State Government.

Christ Embassy had brought the application dated March 7, 2013, via a Motion on Notice pursuant to Order 39 of the High Court of LagosState (Civil Procedure) Rules and on the grounds that there is an urgent need to stop the state government from interfering with the subject matter of the suit.

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