Court stops Ladipo Market demolition

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Henry Ojelu

A Lagos High Court judge, Justice Justice Iyabo Akinkugbe today ordered the Mushin Local Government Area authority to suspend its plan to demolish parts of the popular Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market, for the purpose of re-development.
Akinkugbe, said it would only be in the interest of justice that the LGA put its demolition plan on hold pending the determination of a suit challenging the project.
Some auto spare parts dealers, who own shops at the market, had headed for the court claiming that the planned demolition would disturb the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their tenancy at the market.
The marketers, through their lawyer, Richard Nwankwo, sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the LGA and its agents from going ahead with the demolition and ejection plan, which they claimed was coming at a time when their rents had not lapsed.
At today’s proceedings, Nwankwo argued an ex parte application, urging the court to make an order for the parties to maintain status quo pending when the issues in the main suit would be determined.
Nwanko told the court that ever since the first invasion of the market by agents of the defendant at about 4.30am on June 30, 2015, the auto spare parts dealers had been living under the apprehension that the defendant would eject them.
The lawyer alleged that in spite of the intervention of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, who met with the parties on July 1 and ordered that peace should be maintained, the Executive Secretary of Mushin LGA, Mr. Jide Bello, had not relented on his threat to eject the marketers.
Convincing the court to grant the application, Nwankwo argued that the LGA would not suffer any loss if the court stopped it from taking further steps in its demolition and ejection plan until a decision was made …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper