A family in Bayelsa state has secured a court order ejecting telecommunication giants, Globacom, from a parcel of land belonging to it.
The Agbereowei family of Bolou-Orua community in Sagbama area of the state had approached a Bayelsa High court over Globacom’s failure to pay rents on the land housing its base station since 2008. The family said it had leased the land to the organisation to locate its cell station in the area.
In the case with suit number, SHC/02/2015, the family asked the court to declare that they were the persons rightfully entitled to the right of occupancy in the land measuring approximately 40 feet by 40.5.
The presiding judge, Justice E.G. Omukoro, ruled in favour of the claimants saying that the continued occupation of the claimants’ land by the Globacom had become unjustifiable and granted the claimant’s prayers for possession and the removal of all structures on the land.
Justice Omukoro further granted various reliefs to the claimants in form of damages thus:
“That on relief for special and general damages, the sum of N18 million claimed as arrears of rents at the rate of N3 million per annum for six years from 2008 to 2014 in line with the parole understanding reached with the agent of the defendant was granted.”
“That the sum of N6 million at the rate of N3 million per annum for the two years of 2015 and 2016 for which rents have further accrued plus additional general damages of N8m only.”
“The damages is for all the distress, hardship and pain caused by holding on to their land and using same for commercial purposes and profits whilst refusing to meet their corresponding obligations to the claimants is also hereby granted.”
In addition, he granted an order of injunction restraining Globacom from further interference with the land.