The High Court of Bayelsa State, sitting in Sagbama, has ordered a telecom company, Globacom Nigeria Limited to vacate a land belonging to the Agbereowei family of Bolou-Orua community in Sagbama area of the state.
The court, therefore, ordered the defendant (Globacom) to pay N32.5m representing N24m unpaid rents at N3m per annum from 2008 to 2016, N8.5m as damages for distress and hardship caused the claimants.
The Agbereowei family in a suit, SHC/02/2015, filed by Miss Justina Agbereowei and Mr. Wednesday Agbereowei (claimants), had sued the telecom company (defendant) for alleged failure to pay rents on the land housing its base station running into several years.
The claimants had prayed the court, presided over by Justice E.G. Omukoro, to declare that they were the persons rightfully entitled to the right of occupancy in and over all that parcel of land measuring approximately 40 feet by 40.5 feet where the defendant’s base station is situated is their property.
In an enrolled order by Justice Umukoro on July 12, 2016, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, the judge ordered that the declaration of entitlement sought to the right of occupancy over the parcel of land in issue is merited and is hereby granted.
Umukoro said the continued occupation of the claimants’ land by the defendant had become unjustifiable and that the prayers of the claimants for possession and removal of all structures on the land was hereby granted.