A senior Pastor of Christ is the Delivered Fire Church, Mrs. Nneka Okoli, has asked a Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja to declare the church as the owner of six plots of land it allegedly bought from the Idowu Osho family of Isheri Osun in Lagos.
The claimant, who brought the suit for and on behalf of the promoters of Registered Trustees of the church, filed a suit before Justice Akinlade Olabisi challenging the family’s refusal to transfer ownership of the land situate at Ade Ojo area in Isheri Osun Town to the church.
In an affidavit filed before the court, the claimant said sometime in November 2014, the church purchased the land for N10million from the first and second defendants through the third and fourth defendants and completely paid for it in the company of her late husband, Pastor Chinedu Okoli.
The first and second defendants, it was alleged, orally acknowledged receipt of the N10million but convinced the claimant that only N2,650,000 could be covered on the family receipt.
The affidavit further stated that the first and second defendants, supported by the third and fourth defendants, claimed that the family, as a matter of customary rule “does not evidence any payment exceeding the stated amount in their family receipt, upon which the claimant believed them”.
It was also contended by the claimant that before her and the late Pastor Okoli, the third defendant in the presence of the first, second and fourth defendants, measured the six plots of land and performed customary rights of handing over the land to the claimant with kola nuts, a he-goat and other items.
The first and second defendant subsequently pronounced that they had handed over the six plots to the claimants and prayed for the claimant on the land, the claimant said.
Justice Akinlade adjourned hearing till February 23 due to the defendants’ absence.