Ladoja gets more time in court over N45mn shady deal

Mr. Ladoja is accused of failure to deliver a property he sold.

An Abuja High Court on Tuesday granted former Oyo State Governor, Rashidi Ladoja, an extension of time to file his defence in a N45 million property suit.

Justice Husseini Baba-Yusuf ruled that the defendant, Mr. Ladoja, should file his defence on or before March 22.

“In order to serve justice on parties in this matter, it is pertinent to accede an applicant with this kind of motion because it is harmless,” he said.

Mr. Ladoja filed the motion for extension of time on March 19 and served other parties same date in court.

The application was not opposed by counsel to the other parties.

A lady, Anne Solomon, had instituted a suit challenging the ex-governor for the non-delivery of a property he sold to her.

The plaintiff said that the property was a four-bedroom flat located at Zone 1, Chess Street, Games Village in Kaura District, Abuja.

At the resumed sitting, Ogwu Onoja, counsel to the plaintiff, submitted that the property was purchased from Mr. Ladoja for the sum of N45 million.

He further submitted that Mr. Ladoja assured his client that he would take possession once full payment was made.

Mr. Onoja, however, submitted that the second defendant, Grace Martins, had continued to occupy the property.

The plaintiff, among others, is seeking an order compelling Mr. Ladoja to deliver the property to the new owner without delay.

Counsel to Ms. Martins, Christian Nwachukwu, told the court that his client had a pending tenancy agreement with Odua Investment and Property Ltd.

Mr. Nwachukwu alleged that the property belonged to Odua Investment and Property Ltd and not Mr. Ladoja as claimed by the plaintiff.

The matter was adjourned to April 15 for continuation.


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