Access Bank Drags Gov. Ambode To Court Over Property

Access Bank Plc has sued the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi
Ambode, for allegedly allocating a piece of land belonging to it to a
former Chief of Naval Staff, Vice-Admiral Ishaya Ibrahim (retd.), The Punch reports.

The contentious land is located at No. 7 Ojora Street, Ikoyi, Lagos.

The bank, in a suit marked, LD/3767/LWM/2016, claimed that though the
land belonged to it, the state allocated it to Ibrahim as compensation
for the demolition of his (Ibrahim’s) property, which ‘stood in the
right of way’ of the newly constructed Lekki-Ikoyi Link Bridge.

In the statement of claim filed through its lawyer, Mr. Kunle Ogunba
(SAN), the bank claimed that the legal mortgage on the property had
earlier been used by two customers – Cybernectics International Ltd.;
and Mr. Andy Isichei – to obtain a credit facility from it.

The bank claimed the customers’ inability to liquidate an outstanding
debt of N885,818,666.7, which was later agreed to by the party to be
N650,000,000, the customers relinquished the ownership of the property
to the bank as full and final settlement of the debt.

Access Bank said the decision of the customers to relinquish the
ownership of the property to it was the terms of settlement in a suit
marked, LD/270/2009, which it filed against the customers to recover the

The bank averred that Isichei had earlier handed over a Certificate of
Occupancy in respect of the property to it, adding that the said C of O
was “registered on the 7th day of September 2007, whose commencement day
began from 3rd of September 2006 as No.60 at page 60, Volume 111 at the
Federal Lands Registry Ikoyi, Lagos State”.

Joined as defendants in the suit filed before Justice Olabisi Akinlade
of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere are Ambode and the Lagos State
Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem.

Others are the Chief of Naval Staff, Nigerian Navy, Cybernetics International Ltd, Ibrahim and Ishiche.

The bank is seeking a court declaration that it is the lawful owner of the contentious property.

It prayed the court to make an order “setting aside the purported
allocation of the property situated at No. 7 Ojora Street, Ikoyi, Lagos,
by the first defendant (Ambode) to the 3rd, 4th and more importantly,
the 5th defendant.”

Justice Akinlade had on January 10, 2017 ordered the bank to serve the
court papers on the 5th, 6th and 7th defendants by substituted means.