Land dispute: Court delivers judgment in favour of Magbadelo family

AN Ogun State High Court sitting in Ota Division has delivered judgment on a land dispute in favour of Magbadelo family in Akinbo village, Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state.

The claimants, Chief Jonathan Akintona, Messers Nojeem Magbadelo and Lamidi Magbadelo, had in a suit No; HCT/ 212/2010, instituted against Lafarge Cement Africa and 20 others, approached the court over the ownership of a land measuring 353,412 hectares with Survey No. OG/276/2012/092 dated September 27, 2012.

The family, through its counsel, Mr Abayomi Omoyinmi, filed a motion of ex-parte seeking an order of the court to grant the applicants leave to take possession of the land.

He also sought the order for the enforcement of the judgement for declaration of title of the land in favour of the applicants as delivered against the cement company sometimes in February.

One of the claimants, Nojeem Magbadelo, in an 11-page affidavit in support of the motion ex-parte, said that the cement company had been in possession of the large expanse of land, despite the judgement in suit HCT 212/2010 which was not appealed against, to its benefits.

The presiding judge, Justice Ademola Bakre, in his judgement said that the claimants proved beyond reasonable doubt that the land belong to them and disagreed with the arguments of the defence as regards a judgement of Ake Native Court which refers to the land in question as Akibo as opposed to Akinbo.