Oritsejafor Sues Fashola Over Planned Church Demolition

Babatunde Fashola

President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Orisejafor, has filed a suit before the Lagos High Court against the Lagos State government and six others, over alleged intention to demolish his church.

Governor of Lagos State, Attorney General of Lagos State, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority and Lagos State Task force on Environmental Sanitation are respondents in the suit filed by the Senior Pastor of the World of Life Bible Church.

In the suit instituted before the Lagos state High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) by Incorporated Trustees of Word of Life Bible Church, the claimant is praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants their agents, servants, officers, privies or otherwise from demolishing or further demolishing, destroying, dispossessing or forcibly ejecting the claimant from continuing to take steps or in any other manner engaging in any activities detrimental or contrary to the rights of the ownership or possession of the claimant in respect of the claimant’s land located at Plot 21E, Abdulrahman Okene Close, Off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island Annex, Lagos.

The claimants averred that after applying for building plan approval from the respondents and it was not forthcoming within the regular period, the claimants, through Pastor Orisejafor, made due enquiries, wrote several letters and also held meetings with the former governor of the state, Senator Bola Tinubu and the present governor, Babatunde Fashola.

He further averred that in March 2013, the claimant received a letter from the defendants directing them of submission of some certain documents to facilitate the process of the approval of the building plan which it complied with.