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Suenu Chieftaincy Family Takes Possession Of Olam Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Rope Plc



A portion of land in Abebe Village, Iganmu, Surulere Local Government, Lagos State housing Olam Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Ropes Plc, and other companies has been taken over by the Suenue Chieftaincy Family of Lagos State.

The takeover was pursuant to an agreement reached between the Suenu Chieftaincy Family and its tenant, United African Company (UAC), following 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 portion of the land.

However, following terms of a 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 judgment 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”.

Otunba Tomori Williams, the Judgment Executor while speaking with journalists narrated how Suenu Chieftaincy family became the owner of the land in the 19th century, adding that the land was originally 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.

He further stated that following the failure and refusal of UAC to pay statutory leasehold agreement on the land, the Suenu Chieftaincy family was forced to approach the court to seek redress. Tomori stated that UAC subsequently entered an out-of-court settlement with the family and the 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.


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