Court seals up popular automobile market in Ondo

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The Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure has ordered the closure of a popular automobile market in Akure, owned by the state government following the alleged disobedience of the government to obey the vacation order of the court.

The court officials marked the fence of the property located at Akure-Ilesa Expressway, Akure.

With the development the automobile dealers occupying the premises would vacate the land until further notice.

Chief Taye James and Idowu Onanuga took the government to court for illegally acquiring the land.

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The court, in 2014, in a judgment delivered by Justice A.O Adebusoye, ruled that the government should vacate the land.

It further ruled that “The first claimant is entitled to a statutory right of occupancy over the property.”

According to the counsel of the claimants, Barrister Kehinde Ojo, the government had allegedly not obeyed the court order on the land. This made his clients to approach the court again.

He said, “We have made several moves to the government to honor the initial agreement but to no avail, hence the reason we went back to the court for enforcement of the judgment.”

One of the owners of the land, Chief James said he would give the government options of giving him back the land as directed by the court or the defendant should give him N100million as compensation.

He noted that the immediate past government of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has agreed to pay them N100million as compensation but the money was not paid until the government left in February this year. He declared that the government should pay the money or vacate the land.

In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Segun Ajiboye said the government would study the court ruling and take further action on it.

“You can see that the matter has been on before we came in but we will study everything and take necessary action on it. “

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