BY VICTOR BUORO – The legal battle between the family of late Second Republic Senate Leader, Dr Abubakar Olusola Sarakai and the Kwara State government over the disputed Ile Arugbo land will commence at the Kwara High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
According to the Court’s records, the date is fixed for hearing motion of notice on the disputed parcel of land in a suit filed by Asa Investments Limited as the claimants
Defendants in the suit are Kwara state governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Kwara State House of Assembly, Kwara state Attorney General, Director General, Kwara Bureau of Lands and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).
Presided over by Justice A. A Adebara, the Court upon a motion ex-parte and the supporting affidavit dated and filed on January 2, 2020 and after listening to the claimant’s (Asa Investments Limited) counsel, Mr A.A Ibrahim, also restrained the defendants and anyone acting on their behalf from further demolishing or further destroying the alleged property of the claimant.
“Upon a motion ex-parte and the supporting affidavit dated and filed on 2nd day of January, 2020. After listening to Mr A.A Ibrahim, counsel to the claimant/ applicant and after a careful perusal of of 25 paragraphs affidavits and the attached exhibits in support of the motion ex-parte, it is hereby ordered that:
“The defendants, either by themselves, their officers, servants, agents, privies, or successor in title or any person howsoever claiming in trust for the defendants, are hereby restrained from further demolishing or further destroying the alleged property of the claimant/applicant known and described as plots 1,3 and 5 with TPS/MISC.129A and survey plan No.KWSH927 and Land/G1071 situate, lying and being beside Civil Service Clinic, along Ilofa road, G.R.A, Ilorin, Kwara state on which the claimant has a building popularly known as Ile Arugbo (Old People’s Home), the subject matter of the substantive suit pendin9g the hearing and determination of motion on notice.
“The defendants, either by themselves, their officers, servants, agents, privies, successor in title or any person howsoever claiming in trust for them, are hereby restrained from entering with the intention to construct,build, erect, or commencing any building/ structures on plot 1,3 and 5 with TPS/ MISC.129A and survey plan No.KWSH927 and Land/ G1071 situate,lying and being beside Civil Service Clinic,along Ilofa road, G.R.A,Ilorin pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice.”
The Court further said: “The motion on notice is hereby scheduled for hearing against Wednesday 15- O1- 2020. Application granted in part as per the above orders.
“Given at Ilorin under the seal of the Court and the hand of the presiding Judge this 6th day of January, 2020.”
Events in the last few weeks over the contentious land has seen the Kwara State government at daggers drawn with the family of late Oloye and strongman of Kwara politics, Olusola Saraki