Widow Dragged Two Individuals before Court over Fictitious Deed of Assignment and Lagos State Certificate of Occupancy
The wife of a deceased Lekki land-owner has dragged an individual and two others before a Lagos Court over an alleged fictitious land transaction between her late husband and the first defendant, who allegedly sold the plot of land located at Plot 14, Block 128C, Lekki Peninsula Residential Scheme, to the second defendant that is currently in occupation of the land. A court suit (No. LD/7847LMW/2019) instituted on the 25th of January 2019 between the plaintiff and the defendants (Prof. Mrs. Mabel M. Ogunlesi & Anor Vs Mr. Yusuf Suleiman & 2 others) is requesting an order to set aside the deed of assignment dated 17th day of September 2001 on the ground that her late husband, did not engage in any land transaction with the first defendant. The plaintiff further claimed that her late husband was not in possession of the Lagos State certificate of occupancy of the Lekki land as at the date the first defendant claimed the land transaction occurred, and as such the deceased was not in position to sell the land in the year that is stated in the deed of assignment.
In furtherance of these claims the plaintiff wants the court to declare the purported subsequent sale of the land by the 1st defendant to the 2nd defendant null and void ab initio. She is also seeking a court order directing both defendants to surrender the land and the original Lagos State certificate of occupancy registered as No. 77 at Page 77, 111 Volume 1991 AW of the Lands Registry in Alausa, Lagos; as well as a court injunction restraining the 1st and 2nd defendants from selling or transferring the land to any person. The plaintiff is requesting N10 million as damages for wrongful entry and possession of the land since year 2001. Also joined as 3rd defendant is the Registrar of the Court from whom the plaintiff is demanding deregistration and removal of title and deeds connected to the said plot of land from all electronic storage registry of the Lagos State Land Bureau in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.