The Lagos State Government has approached the Supreme Court to seek further directives and clarifications on the Shangisha/Magodo court judgment. The Judgment Creditors have also been served with the application.
Lagos state in a statement said that following the intervention of Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, officials of the State Government and representatives of the Shangisha Landlords Association (the judgment creditors) held a series of meetings at which both parties explored the possibility of complying with the judgment of the Supreme Court.
At the said meetings two issues arose:
- There was a serious division among the judgment creditors as to who controlled or had the right to represent the Association; and
- the demand by the judgment creditors that a single global Certificate of Occupancy should be issued in the name of the Association as opposed to the position of the State Government that each of the 549 members of the Association would be given allotment letters individually.
Given the sharp divide between the two factions of the judgment creditors on who has authority to represent the Association and the disagreement regarding whom the Certificate of Occupancy should be issued (collectively or individually), th State Government approached the Supreme Court to seek further directives and clarifications.
“The State Government, however, wishes to reiterate its commitment to complying with the judgment of the Supreme Court once these two issues are resolved,” Gbenga Omotoso, Honourable Commissioner for Information & Strategy, Lagos State said.