A Lagos Excessive Court docket sitting at Tafawa Balewa Sq. (TBS) has barred the Inspector-Basic of Police (IGP) from arresting the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom in Lagos Oba Saheed Elegushi and two others.
Justice Gafar Safari dominated the order stays in pressure pending the listening to and dedication of a elementary rights enforcement swimsuit filed by them.
The choose made the order in a swimsuit by the monarch and two members of the Elegushi royal household – Chief Abdulahi Elegushi and Prince Akeem Elegushi – accusing the defendants of harassment, manhunt and try and arrest them over a civil land matter.
Joined as respondents alongside the IGP are Bela Vista Property and Improvement Firm Ltd; Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kolo Yusuf; DSP Ibrahim Agu; one Supol Udofia and Lagos Legal professional-Basic and Commissioner for Justice as the first, third, 4th, fifth and sixth respondents respectively.
The royal household additionally accused the respondents of an alleged plot to seize land belonging to the household on the Eti-Osa Native Authorities Space (LGA).
The candidates alleged whereas the swimsuit is pending the defendants resorted to self-help, together with by detailing cell policemen from Mopol 46 to the land with instruction to arrest any member of Elegushi royal household discovered wherever on or close to the land.
They additional accused th IG of forging a police report that was introduced to the courtroom ceding possession of their land to Bela Vista property.
On the resumed listening to of the matter on Thursday, the monarch and his co-applicants, by their lawyer, Mrs. Adepeju Omotayo, knowledgeable the choose the police had despatched its males to Ikate looking for to arrest them to frustrate the case earlier than the courtroom.
However the first respondent’s counsel, Anthony Osara, denied the police had despatched its males to arrest the candidates.
The counsel to the second to fifth respondents, Victor Okoye, additionally urged the courtroom to discountenance the candidates’ request for a restraining order, including the police had been by no means deployed to the home of the royal household to arrest anyone.
In a bench ruling, Justice Safari ordered all of the events to take care of establishment and chorus from doing something to frustrate the proceedings pending the listening to and dedication of the swimsuit.
He adjourned until August 17 for listening to.