- The Meadow's family has berated Monday Ubani over his comment on the government's action on Monkey village, Opebi
- Lagos state government had on Thursday, December 31, 2020, took possession of the piece of the land
- Abiodun Akeem Ariori, the family's engineer, said the court had granted full possession of the said property to the family
The family of Gilbert Oladeinde Meadow has reacted to the alarm raised by the former vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Lagos chapter, Monday Ubani, over the ownership of Monkey Village in Opebi area of Lagos state.
Legit.ng gathered that the Lagos state government had on Thursday, December 31, took the possession of the parcel of land in the Opebi area of the state.
Uba had described the government's action as illegal, saying some land grabbers were working for the Lagos officials.
Speaking on behalf of Meadow's family, Abiodun Akeem Ariori, an engineer, said Ubani was only seeking the government's sympathy over the disputed land.
He said that the court's judgement and other documents confirmed that the owner of the land now called Monkey Village in Opebi is the family of Gilbert Oladeinde Meadow.
The engineer added that due to the long dispute over the place, it began to house miscreants making it a danger to residents of nearby residential estates.
Ariori noted that the Meadows had sought and were granted full possession of the said property against the trespassers after it was confirmed that court papers indeed ceded the portion to them.
According to him, in a letter dated March 16, 2020, Milan solicitors, lawyers to the Meadow family sought the assistance of the state command of the police, adding that the legal firm released copies of a court judgement, warrant of possession and execution of warrant certificate.
He further stated that in a petition addressed to the attorney general and commissioner for justice of Lagos state and the Special Taskforce on land grabbers, the Meadow family through their lawyers sought to take possession of their property from the illegal occupants represented by one Mrs. Ilori and the mechanic village that dominated the land.
Ubani had alleged that Ariori took laws into his hands by deploying self-help to dislodge the illegal occupants of the said property.
But in his reaction, Ariori said that every step taken to take over the Monkey Villa by Meadow's family was legal and lawful.
"I am not the owner of the said parcel of land. Chief Meadow's family merely asserted their authority over their property which the courts had affirmed belongs to them. Every step taken to take over the place was legal and lawful.
"Ubani is a busy body on this matter. He and those he represents frustrated every effort to take possession of the land long ago. You can see that we got approval to take over the place since March last year, yet we didn't move. Today Ubani is accusing us of being insensitive. This is after nine months notice. Besides, it was government agents that carried out the exercise."
"Ubani wants to damage my reputation, but I will no longer accept that. I have asked my lawyers to review his statements. He will hear from me."
He added that Ubani has not named anyone as the client he represents in the matter, adding that his statement on Friday, January 1, noted that his client is a "well known Nigerian."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the environmental task force of Amuwo Odofin local government area, Lagos, arrested two young men for allegedly stealing manhole covers in the area.
It was reported that the young men whose identities are yet to be released were reportedly arrested on the verge of carting away the stolen manhole covers at 401 and 512 roads.
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