An Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on Tuesday summoned the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi to appear before it, over a 39-acre of land allegedly taken by the state government from members of the association of the deaf.
The case was brought before Justice O.M. Fadeyi of the Ring Road High Court 12, by the Registered Trustees of the Christian Mission for the Deaf.
The Christian Mission for the Deaf said it had set the controversial landed property aside for the construction of a University for the Deaf, to cater for their educational needs.
But the state government was alleged to have commenced construction on the said 39-acre of land, which members of the association of the deaf alleged was forcefully taken from them.
Represented by Mr Niyi Eyinola, they said the state government had since over a month been served with an interlocutory injunction dated 25th March and same was fixed for hearing yesterday.
Addressing the court, Eyinola said, “the interlocutory injunction and originating processes have been served upon all the respondents. Up till now, they are yet to file any process or defence to our application. We are ready to go on”.
Responding, the State counsel, Mrs Omolara Adepoju, said, “We are not prepared to go on because responses from other respondents just got to us yesterday and we have started preparing to file our statement of defence. We are praying the court to grant us a short adjournment to put in all necessary processes”.
Counsel to the deaf complainant however opposed the oral application for adjournment saying that this application had been served on the respondents over a month ago. I was there on the land yesterday and work was still going on there. Government has continued to put structures on it as shown in the photographs I took there yesterday”.
“However, should the court be obliged to grant the adjournment, I will pray that an order for parties to maintain status quo be given pending the determination of the interlocutory injunction pending in the matter. Both parties will lose nothing if the order is given”, he added.
Justice O.M. Fadeyi fixed May 14, 2019 for the hearing in the case.