Leadership Crisis: Maintain Status Quo, Court Tells Mile 12 Market Leaders

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A Lagos high court sitting at Ikeja, Lagos State southwest Nigeria, has ordered all parties involved in the leadership tussle in Mile 12 market in Kosofe Local Government Area of the state to maintain the status quo, pending the hearing and determination of a suit before the court in respect of the leadership crisis.

The Registered Trustees of Arewa Perishable Foodstuff Market Association had dragged the Ikosi/Isheri Local Council Development Area and its chairman, Abdulfatai Oyesanya, before the court for allegedly witch-hunting and harassing them.

Counsel to the claimant, Mr. A.O. Fashugba, told the court that the matter before the court has generated a lot of tension, saying that in fact, there has been the presence of policemen with armoured tank in the market and that is why the claimant is asking for urgent move of the motion on notice so that the matter can be determined one way or the other to reduce the tension.

Fashugba further told the court that the claimants are surprised that the defendants are not responding despite the fact that they have long been served court papers.

In his response, counsel to the defendant, Mr. A. Ajala, argued that there is no tension in the market and the presence of police armoured tank and there is peace in the market.

In her ruling, Justice Iyabo Kasali, said the court is mindful of the urgency that is involved in the matter but cannot ignore the position of the defendants even though they have not responded to the applications filed before the court. She ordered that the status quo be maintained, pending the hearing of the pending applications.

The Arewa Perishable Goods Market Association, under the leadership of Alhaji Haruna Mohammed, on 10 April, drafted the Ikosi/Isheri Local Council Development Area and its chairman, Abdulfatai Oyesanya, before the court, urging the court to restrain the chairman from dissolving the executive of the market and appoint a caretaker committee.

The case has been adjourned till 21 May.

—Akin Kuponiyi