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Disputed property: Police arrest Lagos landlady

EFE AGHALOKPE

A Lagos landlady, Mrs. Victoria Ibiyinka Komolafe, was arrested by the police on Wednesday outside the court premises purportedly on the orders of Inspector- General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.Mrs. Komolafe, an elderly woman carrying Plaster of Paris (POP) on her neck, was blocked by about eight policemen in a white bus, with which they whisked her away in the presence of her lawyer.

They did not explain the reason for the arrest other than the fact that she was wanted by the IGP.

Komolafe was picked just after stepping out of a Lagos High Court where her case is before Justice I. O. Akinkugbe on stay of execution on a consent judgment overruled by the learned judge on point of law.

Komolafe had through her lawyer sought an order staying further execution of the consent judgment delivered July 8, 2015 and an order setting aside the execution carried out by the 5th defendant, who is the Deputy Sheriff, Ikeja High Court.

Other defendants are Dr. Adedayo Olumide Mokuolu, Kehinde Seyi Mokuolu, Idowu Oluwasegun Mokuolu, Oluwaseyi Oladipupo Mokuolu, with Titilayo Omowunmi Aguda as respondent/claimant.

She told the court through her lawyer that she frowned at  the judgment in question since all original documents, including C of O  in respect of the property now partially demolished by virtue of the judgment, remain in her custody.

Her lawyer, Chief Olusegun Raji, had told the court that he agreed with the ruling and that he will file necessary papers for appeal.

“My Lord, to avoid a situation where the judgment creditors will come again to this court to use the consent judgment of this honourable court as an instrument of fraud, the applicant is desirous of appealing against the said judgment as an interested party in the subject matter of the judgment”, he said.

Citing a book written by Afe Babalola, SAN, he said, “To succeed in an application for stay of further proceeding by virture of Order 54 of the Lagos. State High Court (Civil Procedure), Rule 2012, one of the elements is to establish fraud in obtaining judgment which is in this instant”, he said.

He also told the court that the life of Mrs. Komolafe is in danger since she lives on the disputed property.

According to him, Mrs. Komolafe was attacked by thugs who knocked her down and injured her  last week even before the ruling and that the thugs are making life unbearable for his client and prayed for her protection.

The judge, however, encouraged him to report the case to the Police to take necessary action.

Speaking to our correspondent from Lion Building, Adeniji Adele, where she was held, she said her life is under threat.

“They want to kill me. Somebody just told me that they want to do something”, she said in tears.

 

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