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Chisco Transport In Legal Battle With Family Over Property Right

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Justice O Harrison of the Lagos State High Court, Igbosere, has fixed May 20, for Case Management Conference (CMC) in the suit filed by Chisco Transport Nigeria Limited (CTNL) against a family over the right to property.
The transport firm is currently in a legal battle with a family over right to a property situated at No 6, Ikorodu Road, Jibowu, Yaba, Lagos.
Listed as respondents in the suit are the administrators of the estate of Chief Joseph Akanbi Oyelowo, Mr Oladuuni Oyelowo and Mr Olatunji Oyelowo.
The claimant in the suit no LD/5324GCMW/18 asked the court to declare that Lagos State Government is the lawful owner of the mentioned property.
CTNL averred that by the virtue of the revocation of Certificate of Occupancy in respect of the property, the proprietary rights are vested in the hand of the state government and based on that the respondents have no right in law to demand rent or exercise any legal right over the property.
However, the respondents, in their statement of defence, denied every allegation in the statement of claim of CTNL, disclosing that they are not the administrators of estate of the late Chief J.A Oyelowo, the owner of the mentioned property, which comprises five bedrooms detached and service quarters, which is the subject matter of the suit.
The respondents averred that the claimant had been paying its rent severally and consequently since 1995 and not 1996 as claimed.
They averred that the state government or any of its agents has never raised any adverse claim or interest of the ownership as against the interest of respondents in the property.
The respondents averred that based on the right they have on the property, the claimant who is currently their tenant approached them for sale of the property.
Respondents are of the view that despite negotiation of sale being discussed by parties, the claimant had a duty to pay it’s rent as a yearly tenant as that was the usual act.
“There was actually a discussion on the intention to sell the property to the claimant but parties never agreed on the purchase price. A mere agreement to sell is not the same as a duty to the payment of rent.
“The defendant did not conceal to revocation from the claimant and such concealment is not possible as the acquisition had been gazetted, such becomes a public document,” respondents averred.
The Oyelowos, therefore, prayed the court to dismiss the case, adding that it was ill-motivated and abuse of court process.
However CTNL wants the court to declare that the respondents cannot forcibly eject or remove it from the said property.

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Union Urges NIMASA, RSG To Dredge PH/Bonny Jetty

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The Bonny Maritime Transport Association (BMTA) has called on the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Rivers State Government to dredge the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty to enhance marine operations.
The union said the low shore of the river hampers its operations and grounds boats.
The Marine Safety Officer, BMTA, Comrade Kings Don, who made the call, said the low shore of the jetty was not helpful to marine operations.
According to him, drivers and passengers find it difficult to ply the route whenever the tide is low, thus wasting man hours.
“Sometimes, we push the boat to a level it would afloat due to low tide suffered in the jetty. We are appealing to NIMASA and the state government to assist and dredge the jetty for more efficiency”, he pleaded. 
Don described the Port Harcourt/Bonny Jetty as the gateway to Bonny Island and other riverine communities, and called on NIMASA and the state government to intervene and make the marine sector viable in the area. 
He said that the prompt dredging of the jetty would enhance water transportation in the state and improve its revenue generation.
He, however, commended the security agents, especially the Nigerian Navy and the marine police, for rescuing the waterways and creeks from all forms of criminality.
Comrade Don appealed to the security agents to engage in 24-hour patrol of the routes and other channels to save lives and property.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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Boat Mishaps: Ship Owner Blames Absence Of Safety Regulations

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A renowned ship owner in the country, Alhaji Aminu Umar, has decried lack of standardisation and enforcement of safety measures on the nation’s inland waterways by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA).
He also blamed lack of will to enforce regulations, safety, standard and regulations on overloading, night voyage, rickety and old craft as causes of mishap on the inland waterways.
Alhaji Umar, who is a former president, Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), said in Minna, Niger State, recently that enforcement of safety and standard on the nation’s inland waterways was weak.
Reacting to incessant boat mishaps in the country, Umar said, “there is no standard applied on movement of people, as all kinds of boat are being used. It is important that we standardise, because lack of safety and standard will increase accident.
“I think, the task of NIWA is to standardise conditions and procedures on the nation’s waterways”.
He also called for the regulation of movement of badges and passenger boats across the port environment.
“It’s a huge risk allowing badges moving containers around the port area side by side with boats carrying passengers.
“Moving people and containers at the same time is a huge risk, and a safety concern.
“NIWA and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) should see to this and tackle the menace”, he said.

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Another Two Ships Arrive Onne Port, Today

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The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) says two ships laden with cargoes will arrive Onne Port in Rivers State today.
This was contained in its weekly Shipping Position made available to newsmen in Port Harcourt.
The shipping position gave the names of the vessels as UAL Bodewes and SI Osiris, scheduled to berth at the port.
The statement also gave the names of the shipping agents as Interservice Nig Limited and Alraine Shipping.
The ships, according to the statement, were laden with oil well tools/containers and general cargoes.
The ships are expected to berth at the Brawal Federal Light Terminal (FLT) Berth 1B and Brawal FLT Berth 1A in Rivers State. 
The length of the vessels was, however, not indicated in the shipping position.

By: Chinedu Wosu

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