An Oyo State High Court on Thursday sustained its earlier order restraining the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army in a land dispute with residents and landlords in Mesiogo Estate, Ibadan.
The community dragged the army to court over threat to demolish houses in the estate on the claim that they sit on the cantonment’s land around Akobo area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The order was granted by Justice A. L. Akintola on November, 1 and in the resumed hearing on Thursday, it said the order stopping the army from demolishing or doing anything capable of threatening the peace of residents of the community pending the determination of the suit.
Counsel to the defendants, Mr Teslim Adigun, who held brief for K. Temini, for all the defendants, asked for a short adjournment on the basis that though his clients had been served, the 48 hours rule of service was yet to be fully fulfilled.
But plaintiff’s lawyer, Mr Kunle Ishola, contended that all the defendants had been duly served over 48 hours earlier.
The judge confirmed service from court records and insisted that the rule had been fulfilled having served the court processes as at November, 6.
Further hearing was adjourned to December, 6.