Control Of Federal Land: Lagos Defeats FG In Supreme Court

Akamanu Jennifer

The Federal Government lost a suit it filed before the Supreme Court in order to wrest the control and management of its land in Lagos State from the state government.

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Olabode Rhodes-Vivour, unanimously struck out the Federal Government’s suit after upholding the preliminary objection filed by the Lagos Government to challenge the competence of the suit.

Justice Dattijo Muhammad, who read the apex court’s lead ruling, agreed with the Lagos State Government that the court lacked the power to exercise its “original jurisdiction” in the suit because the Federal Government had “transferred its title in the land to others”.

The dispute between the federal and Lagos State governments was about “general control and management of federal land within Lagos State particularly the re-issuance of certificates of occupancy, granting consent or exercising rights of ownership.”

 

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