63-yr-old Ogbagi land dispute laid to rest
By Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
The over 63-year-old land dispute in Ogbagi, Akoko Northeast Local Government area of Ondo State has been laid to rest as the Court of Appeal sitting in Akure has passed judgement in favour of Losho Quarters of Ogbagi Akoko.
In the judgment delivered by Justice Mohammed Danjuma, the court upheld the judgement of an Ikare Akoko High Court presided over by Justice Sunday Fadahunsi which had earlier delivered its judgement also in favour of Losho Quarters who were the respondents in the appeal case.
The judge said on the whole and on the basis of the invalidity of the originating process of the writ of summons and statement of claim, judgement was founded and the appeal struck out for incompetence.
The court thereafter awarded a nominal cost of N100,000 against the appellant in favour of the respondents.
In the appeal case, Chief Sunday Bobade wanted the court to set aside the judgement of a lower court which favoured the respondents, Losho quarters and declared him as the true owner of the disputed land.
Bobade, the appellant had earlier instituted a case at the Ikare High Court claiming the ownership of the disputed land situated at Ipati area of Ogbagi Akoko.
The Ikare High Court also gave judgement in favour of Losho quarters who are the defendant then.
Similarly the judgement of the Akoko Divisional Customary Court, Ikare-Akoko, presided over by the then Olomuo of Omuo with the Zaki of Arigidi Akoko, the Olishua of Isua and Olukare of Ikare-Akoko as members had also in 1956 gave judgement in favour of the people of Losho quarters.
The appellant being the claimant in the lower court instituted the suit by way of a writ of summons dated December 10, 2015.