An vehicle and industrial engineer, Omotilewa Adediwura, has accused the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG), City of Kings parish, of encroaching on a property he reportedly acquired within the Ijegun space of Lagos 14 years in the past.
News was gathered that Adediwura allegedly purchased two plots of land in 2004 and purchased its Certificate of Occupancy.
He reportedly travelled to England afterward. It was learnt that the plots of land, when acquired by Adediwura, had a residential constructing on one half, whereas the RCCG parish made use of the unused half on which it erected a brief construction.
There was reportedly no settlement or contract on the usage of the stated portion of land between Adediwura and the RCCG.
On getting back from England in 2015, the 53-year previous stated the church had erected a everlasting construction on the land, including that each one makes an attempt to reclaim his property had confirmed abortive.
He stated, “In 2004, I purchased the property with the CofO from the proprietor, who relocated to Canada. I paid N6.5m for the two plots of land. One half has a twin duplex with some tenants occupying it. I requested the man who bought the property to me concerning the church utilizing the opposite a part of the land, and he stated he was going to speak to the pastor and they might go away anytime I wished them to depart. He known as one of many pastors in cost at the moment to tell him that he had bought the land and the church must vacate the place and the man agreed. I requested concerning the tenants occupying the constructing, and I used to be instructed that they'd transfer out as properly, which they did after six months.
“I went to London to show some programs. When I returned in 2009 for my father’s burial, I noticed that the church had erected a construction on the a part of the land they have been utilizing and I requested them who gave them the permission to take action. They stated the pastor was not round. I requested that the pastor ought to contact me at any time when he was round, however he didn't. I could not wait to do something about it as a result of I wanted to get again.
“By the time I came back finally in 2015, I discovered that they had completed the structure and even knocked my fence off and made a gate there. I knew that they were existing, but it was supposed to be temporary because they didn’t pay anything to the person I bought the land from. That land is not meant for the church and I did not buy the land for them.”
Adediwura stated he had written a number of letters to the church, including that he was ignored.
He famous that he had additionally petitioned the Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and the Lagos Special Taskforce on Landgrabbers.
He stated he was pissed off as a result of he had but to get any suggestions from any of the government companies.
The Pastor-in-Charge of the RCCG, City of God parish, Pastor Williams Odagi, nevertheless, stated the church had been occupying the land for 15 years, including that Adediwura solely wished to discredit it.
He famous that the church’s title documents had been stolen by burglars.
He stated, “The land was acquired by the church from the proprietor in 2003. The individual we purchased the land from is our neighbour and he was utilizing it for farming once we purchased it from him. In 2005, robbers got here to burgle the church and stole our authentic paperwork. It was after the incident that the man stated he had the CofO. Unknown to him, we had already logged the doc within the database of the Regional Planning and Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
“We are working to retrieve the documents so that we can show proof that we have documents. If he can wait for so many years, he should exercise some patience while the authorities do their work. He has taken us to the land grabbers’ agency and the state physical planning ministry. If he has a case, he should take us to court rather than trying to discredit the church.”
The LABSCA Public Relations Officer, who recognized himself solely as Mr. Gbade, stated the company solely handled constructing laws.
“We don’t mediate between parties over landed property. The best bet for the man in question is to seek redress in court,” he added.
An official of the Lagos Special Taskforce on Land Grabbers, who declined identification, stated the company had began engaged on his petition.
He stated, “We acquired the petition on April 30, 2018. We reviewed it and contacted each events for a gathering. The respondent (The Redeemed Christian Church of God) was absent on the assembly on the grounds that the individual with the doc was not accessible on the time.
“Another assembly was scheduled, however the respondent got here on an earlier date and the assembly could not maintain. We are supposed to satisfy with the petitioner and the respondent again subsequent week Wednesday (September 19).
“The petitioner already tendered his own documents. When the respondent brings its documents, the documents would be taken and investigated. If it is seen that the petitioner is the owner of the land and he has title to the said land, we will ensure that he continues to enjoy possession. We do not determine matters of title; that’s for the court. We only determine possession and possessory right.”
Calls put throughout to the Commissioner of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development Authority, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, rang out.
He is but to answer to a textual content message despatched to his phone quantity as of press time.
Credit: Punch Newspaper