Lagos lawyer, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa has sued the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and others at the High Court of Lagos state over the invasion of his client’s property by the Police.
Joined as respondents are the Commissioner of Police Lagos Command, DCP Bolaji Salami, Mr. Isaac Anumudu and Crown Star Ltd.
Plaintiffs in the suit numbered LD/6160MFHR/2017, are Mrs. Cecelia Iyabo Bajulaiye and other children of late Mr. C.O. Bajulaiye.
The plaintiffs said they are the owners of the said building, to which Mr Anumudu and Crown Star Limited, who are their tenants are now making strange claim of ownership of the building while their tenancy has since expired.
In their statement of claim, the plaintiffs insisted that they are the beneficiaries of the building and land situate and being at No.8 Agoro Odiyan Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, which was owned by Mr. C.O. Bajulaiye, their father, in his lifetime.
They claimed that they got a court judgment to evict the 4th and 5th defendants but “Mr Anumudu and Crown Star filed an appeal against the said judgment and have been holding on to the property, with the aid of the police from Abuja and Lagos, arresting and detaining members of the Bajulaye family and their agents at SARS, for alleged armed robbery.”
The plaintiffs further said: “The case of Mr Anumudu and Crown Star is that they have spent unauthorized sums of money for the alleged renovation of the property, for which they expect the Bajulaiye family to sell same to them.”
They are asking the court to declare their arrest and detention violates their fundamental rights and is therefore illegal, unconstitutional, null and void and the invasion and occupation of the building, by the respondents, are ultra vires, illegal and unconstitutional.
They also want an injunction restraining the defendants from carrying further actions against the plaintiffs fundamental rights.