By Ajayi Johnson
The Lekki Coastal Area Development Association has described allegations leveled by families of the Oluwo (Sanni – Gbadamosi) of Oshoroko and the Otu of OriganriganNla Village, Ibeju-Lekki in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Council as the company as reckless.
At a media briefing, Alhaji Wasiu Olaomo Aiyeola, the chairman of the Lekki Coastal and other members of the firm and community leaders with Barrister Felix Mouka, Counsel to the company faulted allegations against his client by the families through their lawyer Barrister Dayo Olofinlade as baseless and unfounded.
Mouka who read parts of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Lekki Coastal representing 12 communities and Lagos State Government dated March 27, 2007 that led to the reallocation of 375 hectares of land to the communities out of the 7,500 hectares of land agreed said the accusations had no substance.
“Our attention has been drawn to a press statement credited to one Mr Olofinlade, purportedly representing customary land owning families who dubiously and recklessly claimed the Lekki Coastal and its officials had somehow perpetrated acts of impropriety in relation to the grant of the said C of O by the Lagos State Government in favour of Lekki Coastal as well as in relation a transaction between Lekki Coastal and Dangote Group.”
Both the Terms of Settlement and the consent Judgment paraded by Mr Olofinlade verify our association that Lekki Coastal was not and was never a party to the negotiation or settlement that formed the basis of the consent judgment” he said.
Countering the position of the Lekki Coastal, Olofinlade and Alhaja Ibironke Adeleke, a member of the aggrieved families said there was not truth in the presentation by the firm.
Alhaja Ibironke said that the company hijacked their ancestral home through land grabbers without compensation either from the body or government.
“We are not part of those that consented to give their land for any project. All we want is our inheritance and justice.
Olofinlade argued that: “Due Process was practically thrown into the dustbin by those whose responsibility it was to process and perfect the grant to the said Lekki Coastal Area Development Association Resettlement Committee either deliberately or by utmost negligence.
“On the 8th day of June 2014, the foundation for a massive land fraud against owners of land in certain Communities including OriganriganNLa and Oshoroko Villages in Lekki Local Council Development Area of Lagos State was laid when a Certificate of Occupancy to an entity referred to as Lekki Coastal Area Development Association Resettlement Committee over a large expanse of land covering 375.019 Hectares.
According to him, court judgment restraining the government and an unregistered company named Lekki Coastal Area Development Association Resettlement Committee that has now taken over a large expanse of land covering 375.019 Hectares in the community had been repeatedly ignored.
“In flagrant abuse of the doctrine of Lis Pendens which forbids a litigant from taking any step in respect of a subject matter of litigation which may short change the other side or foist a situation of helplessness on the Courts. Only the reckless and lawless will flout this rule.