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FESTAC Demolition: FHA Risk Jail as Court Fixes Ruling May 2.

A Lagos State High Court in Ikeja, on Tuesday, fixed May 2, 2024, for the hearing of committal to prison against Federal Housing Authority, FHA.

The FHA counsel, Mr Chris Ekemezie, had prayed to the court at the resumption of the trial for the court to strike out forms 48 and 49 filed against his client to give room for hearing of the main application.

However, Justice Akintunde Savage, the presiding judge disagrees with the prayer.

In his ruling, the judge said there was essential evidence before the court, noting that the evidence was not manufactured by the complainant.

Justice Savage subsequently ordered the complainant’s counsel to file his brief.

At the last adjourned date, the Federal Housing Authority (FHA) had denied breaching a court order restricting it from demolishing 600 houses at 6th Avenue, Festac Town, Amuwo Odofin in Lagos.

The counsel to the claimants, Mr Adetayo Bello, told the court that he had obtained an injunction against the defendants (FHA and LSBCA).

The motion with Suit No. ID/7396GCM/2023, dated Sept  7, 2023, was brought before Justice O. J. Awope of an Ikeja High Court (sitting as a vacation judge at the time) on Sept. 11, 2023.

Accordingly, the judge gave the order, after a 40-page affidavit dated Sept. 7, deposed by the fourth defendant, Alhaji R  A. Balogun and Thaddeus Idenyi, for the claimants.

Awope, had, ordered a pre-emptive order of injunction restraining the first defendant/respondent whether acting by itself or through its agents, from demolishing and/or removing any building or property erected in 6th Avenue Festac Town or any other part of Festac Town.

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