Court Orders Landlord, Tenant To Settle Out Of Court


Justice Owalabi Dabiri of
Lagos State High Court, Ikeja has directed a landlord, Mr. Banji Adesanmi and the Lagos Sate to settle with a tenant, Yemi Omodele.
Justice Dabiri gave the order while ruling in a suit filed by modele against his landlord and five other defendants.
The other defendants include Construction Management Skill Ltd, Peace Tiding Ventures Limited, Mr Leke Oyetan, Attorney General, Lagos State and Commissioner for Justice as well as the Lagos State Commissioner of Finance.
Omodele in the suit No. ID/974/2013, Claiming jointly and severally against the defendants a sum of N100,000, 500.00 as damages for segregation and sealing off of a building belonging to his landlord, Adesanmi, located at No 2 Akinremi street, Anifowoshe, Ikeja allegedly by agents of government.
The plaintiff is claiming that part of the building which was sealed up on June 28, 2013 was not re-opened until February 7, 2014, the day the suit filed in court since December 10, 2013 came up for hearing for the first time.
According to the plaintiff, while the part he claimed to be occupying was sealed up, the part occupied by the landlord and his two companies was not sealed up by government.
At the resumed hearing of the matter which was to hear two notices of preliminary objections filed by counsel to the fourth defendant, the trial judge brought to the notice of counsels that the issue raised in the suit are matters to be settled out of court.
She ordered parties in the suit to therefore seek solution to the dispute outside the court.
“I have read the papers filed in the suit. The issues are what can be resolved. Counsels and parties are to meet and resolve the dispute amicably. Case adjourned to November 21, 2014 for report of settlement or hearing of two notices of preliminary objections filled,” the judge ordered.