A Lagos High Court Judge, Justice Oyedamola Ogala on Monday granted an interim order restraining former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s in-laws, the Martins family from evicting over 100 tenants from an apartment building in Mushin area of Lagos.
The order of the court was sequel to an exparte application filed by two of the tenants, Pastor Sallah Bambouh and Anadu Joe seeking an injunction restraining the members of the Martins family from evicting them from the property located at 126 Palm Avenue, Mushin, Lagos.
Named as respondents in the exparte application are Chief Kenny Martins, Pastor Tobi Martins, Mrs Taiwo Obasanjo, Funke Martins, Remy Martins, Wale Martins, Paul Martin and Gabriel Martins.
The 2nd applicants in an affidavit of urgency deposed before the court, averred that members of the Martins family having sold the said property and has resorted to harassing and intimidating them to vacate the property.
The applicants averred that if not restrained, they may be forcefully evicted from the said property without quit notice whereas their rents had not expired.
Moving the application, counsel to the applicants, Mr F.O Egwudah told that the court that the order been sough was necessary to preserve and protect the existing legal rights of the tenants.
After hearing the submission of the counsel, Justice Ogala granted the order as prayed.
” From the fact before me, the respondents have shown that there is likely to be a breach of the rest if this order is not granted. The respondents are hereby restrained from entering or taking over the said property pending the filing and determination of the substantive suit.
“The respondents are also restrained from harassing or intimidating the applicants pending the filing of a motion before this court.”
The judge however said the order is to last for only seven day.