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Jesu Oyingbo Demolition: United Capital Trustees Lands in trouble, dragged to court for illegal demolition

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   Folarin Hospital alleged to have been demolished by United Capital Trustees Limited has dragged the company before a Lagos high court. The hospital, apart from urging the court to declare the demolition as illegal, the Claimant is also demanding, N200 million as damages for trespass and illegal demolition, N300million as aggravated damages for the high-handed and vindictive acts.
       The Claimant is also claiming the sum of N12, 312,400 as the cost of Hospital Equipments vandalized or destroyed and N286,900 being the cost of medical treatment of its medical Director.
 In a statement of claim filed before the court by a Lagos  lawyer, Barrister Olumide Sofowora SAN, it was averred that:

The Hospital located at 9 Aderibigbe Shtta Street Maryland from,1988 to 2013 moved to 7 Immanuel Street, Maryland Estate, Jesu Oyingbo Complex, Maryland, Lagos in 2013 under a lease agreement between the Hospital and  Oladipo Olusegun Immanuel, one of the children of the late Jesu Oyingbo who had the rented apartment as his own allocation and to whom the Claimant made payment.

    While the Hospital’s Lease on the apartment was still subsisting, the Hospital with other occupants within the Jesu Oyingbo Complex started receiving directives and counter directives from different factions of Late Olufunmilayo Odumosu’s family.
      One faction said they had approached the high court and had a decision in their favour and another faction said they approached the court of Appeal in respect of the High court decision and that the appeal was subsisting.
       However, around the month of May 2018, it was observed that demolitions were going on in a particular building at 16/17 Emmanuel Street, Maryland, Lagos. within the Estate which had been ravaged by fire about ten years ago, The demolition was extending towards other buildings and soldiers were brought out from the Ikeja military cantonment to force tenants out of their apartment.
      The Hospital with other worried occupants of the complex carried out an investigation at the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority and discovered that the Authority granted a demolition permit for the demolition of a burnt 3-floor structure at the 16/17 Emmanuel Street and nothing more.
    From the demolition permit, the Hospital located at 7 Emmanuel street was not to be affected by the demolition, the Hospital learned that United Capital Trustees Limited UTCL was responsible for the demolition as it claims to have been appointed the Trustee to the Estate of Olufunmilayo Odumosu a.k.a. Jesu Oyingbo.
Out of an abundance of caution, the Hospital wrote a letter through its Medical Director Dr. A.A.Folarim Williams.  to UCTL and requested to be allowed 12months to relocate from the property because of its huge Clientele and patronage because all the documents/permits relating to the operation of the Hospital had been done with the address of 7 Emmanuel street.
      The defendant responded to the request of the Hospital which the defendant acknowledge the responsibility for the demolition which he said was to enable it to redeveloped and improve the value of the Estate and inform the Hospital that it had approved a one month period from the 1st of June 2018 to 30th June 2018 to enable the Hospital vacate the premises.
      However, the Claimant avers that in spite of the express approval granted it to stay till 30th June, at about 5 am on the 3rd of June,2018, despite the fact that some patients were on admission in the hospital, the defendant’s demolition team moved into the hospital without warning and started demolition and everyone had to run for their lives because of the presence of the fierce-looking Soldiers.
       By the time the defendant was done with the demolition, Medical equipment and instruments hospital furniture, as well as other office items, were vandalized, pilfered or outrightly destroyed.
All the items destroyed amounting to N12,312,400, while the Medical Director of the hospital Dr.A.A. Williams suffered emotional, physical and mental trauma occasioned by the illegal and unauthorized act of the United Capital Trustees Limited.
        Consequently, the Claimant claims against the defendant are as follows:
   A declaration that the demolition carried out by the defendant on the Hospital is illegal since the relevant authority, the Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority had given approval only for the demolition of a burnt 3-floor structure at 16/17 Emmanuel Street, Maryland, Lagos.
       Special Damages:
N12,312,400 is the cost of Hospital equipment and other items vandalized or outrightly destroyed during the demolition by the defendant. N286,900.000 cost of medical treatment of the Medical Director of the Hospital.
N200 million as damages for trespass and the illegal demolition of the Hospital
   N300 million as aggravated damages for the high-handed and vindictive of the defendant in trespassing on and illegal demolition of the Hospital causing trauma and loss of earnings.
       However, United Capital Trusses Limited in its statement of defense filed before the court by it’s lawyer Charles Musa is contending that, the writ of summons in this suit has expired and that it was not served with the writ of summons and other accompanying processes in the suit.
     It was appointed Trustee of the Estate of Olufunmilayo Odumosu by the order of the court . It took rigors of serving notices on individual and corporate tenants/occupants of the property of the Estate at Emmanuel street, Maryland, Lagos including the Claimant. The defendant also published a notice in the Newspaper of the said appointment. The Claimant was in occupation of 7A Emmanuel street, Maryland, the defendant wrote a letter to the Claimant through its solicitors demanding it to vacate the said property within 7 days but the Claimant refused, failed to comply with the demand.
    The Claimant went further to enter into a lease agreement with one Mr. Oladipo Olusegun Emmanuel in defiance of a subsisting order of the court which said conduct amounts to contempt of the court.
    The defendant denied and categorically states that it is not responsible for the demolition of the Claimant’s Hospital. The defendant granted the defendant a grace of one month within which it should vacate the premises and so could not have demolished the premises on the third day of the grace period.
      The defendant did not obtain any demolition permit from Lagos State Government and no demolition was done at its behest at any material time. Whereof the defendant contends that this suit is without merit and ought to be dismissed with substantial costs.

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IBEDC SECURES CONVICTION AGAINST ELECTRICITY EQUIPMENT VANDALS

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Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc. (IBEDC) secured convictions of a term of three (3) months and two (2) years imprisonments on vandalism of its transformer and electric cables at the Grade A, Customary Court of Appeal, Ibadan and Magistrate Court, Moniya, Ibadan on 15th October 2021 and 22nd November 2021 respectively.

The criminals, Yusuff Olatunji and Ademola Toheeb were charged to Court at different times on count charges of vandalism and theft. The convictions underscore our current stance of zero tolerance to all illegal activities within our network.

Furthermore, the Management of IBEDC hereby reiterates its commitment to sanitize its network from nefarious activities such as vandalism, energy theft and staff assault. To this end, we appeal to individuals and communities to collaborate with us to stall this menace, by reporting any of these illegal activities, via our Whistleblowing channels clearly communicated on our website, social media pages, TV and radio programmes etc. In addition, customers can support us by monitoring electricity installations within their communities.

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Kunbi Wuraola, Rufai Oseni, Nneka Itabor, others for JCI Victoria Island’s Leadership Colloquium, Investiture

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Director, Policy & Partnerships, Africa – New Globe Education, Dr. Kunbi Wuraola will be giving the keynote address at this year’s leadership colloquium and investiture of Victoria Island’s Chapter of Junior Chamber International JCI. Wuraola who has also served as the first female national president of the organization will be speaking on the theme of the colloquium that has been tagged, “Leadership Now and Then: Leading Through The JCI Creed”

The colloquium is an annual leadership event that prepares the new executives of the organization for effective leadership delivery in the coming year and also sensitizes the general public on effective leadership and governance.

 Along with Wuraola, Nigerian media personality, Rufai Oseni, Chair, Senate Association of JCI Nigeria, Nneka Itabor, and the Group Chairman of Oxford Holdings, Dr. Teni Adesanya will be discussing the theme of the colloquium at the event.

President of the Local Organisation, Seye Joseph said that the topic of the program was intentionally chosen to address leadership lacuna in the country, saying that leadership plays active roles in national development.

“We understand the roles leadership play in every facet of human existence, what it means, why we must have it, and how to effectively use it for the positive course of human growth and development.

Leadership’s ubiquitous roles make it relevant in every point of our life, be it in the past, now and in the future.  The reason why this colloquium and investiture has been tagged, “Leadership Now Then: Leading Through JCI Creed”

Joseph who is an outgoing president of the organization stated that the investiture section of the event will have the new executive of the organization to be sworn in at the event to take leadership baton for effective leadership delivery next year.

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NDLEA Arrests Drug Smuggling Cartels from Hideouts, Confiscate Marijuana ‘Loud’ and other Illicit Drugs

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA said it has confiscated 12,385 kilograms of marijuana Loud variant smuggled into Lagos from a neighboring country through the waterways. This was made known by the Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, who disclosed in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, described the drug as a strong variant of marijuana. 

Babafemi said that; 12,385 pellets of the “Loud’’ marijuana were brought in through the Atlantic Ocean and ferried in boats to the Eko Atlantic Beach, Victoria Island. The weed would have been distributed from the beach to drugs hotspots such as Lagos Island, Peti Alagba and others across Lagos and other states, he added.

He stated also that over 50 narcotic officers stormed the beach on Saturday, Nov. 27 and recovered the consignments along with two trucks and arrested three suspects. Those arrested are Abdulkadri Zakari, 24, Ka’abu Sausu, 45 and Lawrence Adie, 27.

In another development, a 70-year-old woman, Beatrice Aigbedion was among the suspects arrested at Irrua, Edo in connection with the seizure of more than 5,000 kilograms of assorted illicit drugs.

“After days of surveillance, NDLEA operatives on Wednesday, Nov. 24 stormed a warehouse at Uhiere, Ovia North East Local Government Area of Edo, where they recovered 4,261.5kg of Indian hemp and arrested a suspect, Ikong Stanley.

“On Tuesday, Nov. 23, 1,240kg of Indian hemp was also seized at a warehouse in Uzebba, in Owan West Local Government Area of Edo. At the point of her arrest last Wednesday, Aigbedion was caught with different quantities of Codeine cough syrup, Swinol and Rohypnol. Another dealer, Joseph Onyemaechi, 50, was also nabbed at Ikpoba Okha, Upper Sakpoba, Benin City, on Friday with different types of psychotropic substances weighing 2.055kg,’’ Babafemi stated.

Similarly, Gabriel Akioya and Isa Salihu were arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 at Irrua, Esan Central Local Government Area of Edo with various quantities of Codeine, Tramadol, Swinol and Rohypnol.

Babafemi stated that; operatives raided Hampton Towers and Spa Hotel, Okpanam Road, Asaba, where Dobedient Etumudor and Thompson Chukwuemeka were arrested with different quantities of psychoactive substances.

He added that another drug dealer, Emeka Ben, was nabbed with 4.7 grams of Methamphetamine on Asaba-Ibusa Road in Delta.

“Other suspects arrested on Thursday, Nov. 25 in the state for dealing in Meth, Indian hemp, cocaine, and heroin were Ifeanyi Odibe, Uche Onwurah, and Justice Obika. In Kano, a drug dealer, Alhaji Bukar Malan Abdu, was arrested and 143 kilograms of Indian hemp recovered from him while 466kg of same drug was seized in the home of one Bashir Shuaibu, an indigene of Edo resident in Kano. On Thursday, Nov. 25, a drug dealer in Maiduguri, Chima Obi, was arrested in a follow-up operation. The follow-up operation took place after the seizure of his drug consignment of 73.2kg of codeine at an NDLEA checkpoint in Postiskum, Yobe, on the same day,’’ Babafemi stated.

He said that NDLEA Chairman retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, charged its officers and men to strive to record greater feats until the drug supply and drug demand reduction targets of the agency were fully achieved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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