Judiciary

Oyo Govt Vs Ajimobi: Revert to Status Quo on Land Dispute – Court

An Oyo State High Court has ordered the state government and the immediate past governor of the state Senator Abiola Ajimobi not to visit a landed property purportedly belonging to the former governor but revoked by the government until the determination of interlocutory injunction pending before the court. 

The order followed the inability of the court to hear a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction filed by counsel to Senator Ajimobi, Mr. Kazeem Gbadamosi, due to failure of the counsel to the Oyo State Government Mr.  Nathaniel Oke to respond to the motion on time. 

At the mention of the case, the counsel to the state government filed a motion seeking for the extension of time to respond to the application filed by Senator Ajimobi.

Counsel to Senator Ajimobi, who did not oppose the motion, however, asked the court to order that status quo be maintained on the land. 

Mr.  Gbadamosi told the court that status quo as at February 13 when he filed the motion was that the land belonged to the former governor.

This submission generated argument as counsel to the government said the status quo as at the time the application was filed was the revocation of the land, saying the land was revoked on February 10 while the application was filed on February  13.

The presiding judge, who is also the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Munta Abimbola, told the counsels to advise their clients not to visit, or take any action on the said land pending the determination of the pending motion. 

He ordered the counsel to the state government to file the defence within ten days, and that of the petitioner to respond within 7 days. 

Sunday Ogunyemi

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