The Office of Lagos Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, as well as Kosofe Local Government, were restrained by an Ikeja High Court on Tuesday from claiming the Alaba Section of Mile 12 Market.
News has it that , Justice Latifat Oluyemi gave the interim injunction pending the determination of an application before the court.
Ikosi/Isheri Local Council Development Area, Dr. Chris Onyekachi, Total Value Integrated Services Limited, and the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development are additional respondents in the suit marked ID/6464GCMW/2022.
Precious Ojo, Alhaji Akinwale Jimoh, and Babatunde Adetula, who are the Incorporated Trustees of the Orirere Community Leaders and Traders Association, initiated the application.
While the motion on notice is being decided, Justice Oluyemi forbade the respondents, their servants, agents, privies, and any other person from forcefully demolishing or taking over the section of the market
The claimants’ attorney, Mr. M.G. Quadri, asserted that the Chairman of the Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Samiat Abolanle-Bada, chased him out of a mediation meeting on December 19, 2022, which he professed all parties were in attendance.
Quadri stated that the respondents continued with the demolition of the said section of the market on December 18, 2022, despite the service of court processes and prior agreement by the parties concerned.
According to him, the agreement reached on December 17, 2022, in the Lagos State Office of the Commissioner of Police, was intended to be in effect until the meeting on December 19, 2022.
“From the time the motion on notice was filed, up until now, more parts of the Alaba Section of the Mile 12 Market have been destroyed. Traders have been forced away from their shops, and thugs have been patrolling the area, assaulting anyone that comes close,” the counsel had submitted.
The judge postponed the case for further hearing on January 19.