The Edo State Government has challenged the jurisdiction of a Lagos State High Court to adjudicate on a suit instituted by an estate surveyor, Mr. Albert Elaiho, over the planned sale of Edo House located in Lagos.
Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole had announced plans to sell the disputed house which in on 1225, Ahmadu Bello Way and 1225 Bishop Oluwole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos and use the proceeds to develop Edo. But the claimant, through his lawyer, Sugun Oladimeji, prayed a Lagos High Court presided over by Justice Samuel Candide- Johnson to stop the state government from carrying out the sales.
Defendants in the suit are Governor Oshiomhole, Edo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Henry Idahagbon and an estate agent, Mr. Segun Asaju. Consequently, Justice Candide-Johnson restrained Edo State Government and its agents from the sale of Edo House, pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice filed by Elaiho.
But the Edo State Government, through its lawyer, Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN) of Kenna Partners, challenged the jurisdiction of the Lagos court to interpret Edo State Procurement Law 2012. In addition, he submitted that the claimant has no right or interest whatsoever in or over the said property.