Pastor Paul Adefarasin, of House on The Rock Church and the Incorporated Trustees of the Rock Foundation have been dragged before a Lagos state High Court by a Lagos businessman Mr Gerald Chukwueke and four other persons. Mr Gerald Chukwueke alongside Chinelo Chukwueke, Mrs Martha Chukwueke, Germaine Logistics Limited and Germaine Auto Center Limited are seeking damages in the sum of N800m from the defendants for trespassing on a piece of land in the Lekki area of Lagos State, according to Punch reports.
On March 17, 2016 the applicants obtained an order of interim injunction restraining the defendants from further trespassing on the disputed land pending the hearing of their motion on notice which they said the defendants began trespassing since January. Justice Akinlade, who made the order, barred the defendants from “demolishing or removing any structure whatsoever be they temporary or permanent on the applicants’ premises located at plots 15, 16, 17 and 18 located at 188 Ikate, Lekki, Lagos.
The court also restrained the defendants from commencing any development, construction, building or erecting any structure whether temporary or permanent in any manner whatsoever on the land. The defendants were also restrained from selling or mortgaging the disputed land or pledging it as security in any manner or form.
The judge, while directing the claimants’ lawyer, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), to put the defendants on notice, said the interim order would lapse after seven days. The claimants, in their motion on notice, claimed that the defendants began trespassing on their land since January this year.
They said upon noticing the alleged trespass, they instructed their lawyer to write to Adefarasin and the Incorporated Trustees of the Rock Foundation, to which they claimed the defendants told them that they (the defendants) had acquired the said land. According to the claimants, the defendants claimed that they had acquired the land by virtue of a Deed of Assignment registered as No. 98 in volume 2513, executed in their favor by Diamond Bank PLC.
The claimants, however, alleged that after its investigation, it found out that the purported acquisition of the property was fraudulent. The applicants claim that the Deed of Assignment executed by Diamond Bank PLC which gave ownership of the land to Rock Foundation was false.