26th August, 2010
Over 2,000 members of the late Moji Obasanjoâ€™s group, the Mass Movement, living at the Federal Housing Authority Estate, Abesan, have been rendered homeless.
P. M. News learnt that members of the group were driven out of their blocks of flats following a court ruling and certificate of execution of warrant of possession dated 10, August 2010 in favour of Nurudeen Adewale and brothers against Bolu Fakile and four others, representing the residents.
Investigations revealed that after the execution order signed by both Idowu A.O. and Oloruntimilehin O.C. , Adewale drove the residents out of the parcel of land situated at Dada Ashani village, Surulere, near Suberu Oje, Alagbado, Lagos State, South West Nigeria.
Speaking on behalf of the residents, Bolu Fakile condemned the way they were driven out of the property, saying that those that came with the Sheriff did not allow them to take any of their belongings.
â€œThisÂ place was given to us the late Moji Obasanjo on behalf of the Mass Movement and we have been negotiating with the FHA before Alhaji Nurudeen went to court and later sent us packing, using thugs and the police,â€ Fakile explained, adding that the residents have reported the case to the FHA and they are still waiting for response.
Defending his action, Alhaji Nurudeen Adewale said that after the Federal Housing Authority and the then Ministry of Works went to court won, he approached the occupants of the said property to inform them that he is the rightful owner, while they too entered another round of litigation against him in suit number ID/480/02, before Justice A.A Phillips and they lost and what remained for him was to take over his property which he said he did legally.
Adewale told P.M.News that he did not employ thugs to intimidate the residents, citing a letter of settlement dated 8, April, 2002 signed by Stephen Adeyemo, Bolu Fakile and Pastor Kehinde TaiwoÂ on behalf of the residents.
â€œI gave them enough time to discuss but since they were not serious with the issue, I took possession of the property,â€ he added.
As at the time of filing this report, the officials of FHA could not be seen for their comment on the issue.