A Lagos Extreme Court, sitting in Igbosere, Friday, ordered a major Lagos civil servant Ms Olaide Ibraheem and a former lover of Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyitolu, the Director-Frequent of the Lagos State Emergency Administration Firm (LASEMA), to pay N750,000 nice for forcibly taking up Oke-Osanyitolu’s N45million property.
Ibraheem is the Director, Admin and Human Property, Lagos State Office of Civic Engagement.
She was found accountable of forging the property’s Deed of Challenge and forcible entry of the property which is positioned at 1, Baba Yusuf Shut, Alausa, Lagos.
Ibraheem was nonetheless found not accountable of the third value of felony hurt to property.
Whereas delivering judgment, Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye stated that the prosecution led by Mr Akin George was able to point out by approach of an skilled witness that the deed to the property was executed inside the sole title of Oke-Osanyitolu.
She well-known that the proof supplied by the defence’s skilled witness was not convincing and was punctured by the prosecution all through cross-examination.
The determine held that it was seen to the naked eye that the deed supplied to the courtroom by Ibraheem was a forgery.
Justice Ipaye well-known that there was no proof that Mr Luqman Salami, the Personal Assistant (PA) to Oke-Osanyitolu instantly collected funds from the defendant to purchase the property and that the proof of the PA is accepted as convincing and associated.
“The offence of forgery is established previous a cheap doubt by the prosecution.
“There was no legit marriage between the defendant and the complainant and consent was not granted by the complainant to the defendant, there was the forcible entry.
“The keys to the property weren’t voluntarily granted to the defendant, the prosecution has confirmed the offence of forcible entry previous a cheap doubt,” she talked about.
The determine, nonetheless, well-known that the offence of malicious hurt was not proved previous a cheap doubt by the prosecution as a consequence of the reality that property was current course of renovation all through the interval the offences was devoted.
Convicting Ibraheem, the determine talked about
“The defendant is hereby found accountable on rely one and rely two nevertheless found not accountable on rely three”.
In he allocates (plea for mercy), the defence counsel Mr Gbenga Ojo pleaded with the courtroom to temper justice with mercy noting that Ibraheem is a public servant, a grandmother and a major time offender.
Justice Ipaye in her response puzzled why the defence allowed proceedings to degenerate to the extent of conviction and sentencing regardless of prior calls by the prosecution for mediation between the warring ex-lovers.
The determine well-known that because of this of COVID-19 pandemic, a non-custodial sentence will in all probability be granted by the courtroom to the convict (Ibraheem).
“A nice of N750,000 is imposed on the convict which is to be paid to the Chief Registrar of the courtroom not later than 30-days. Failure of which she shall serve a jail time interval of two-years.
“An Order of Restitution is hereby granted. The convict is to vacate the premises not later than 30-days failing which she shall serve two-years imprisonment,” Ipaye talked about.
The determine well-known that if the convict didn’t every pay the nice and vacate the premises, she shall serve a “cumulative sentence of 4-years imprisonment”.
The convict was arraigned on Would possibly 22, 2017, on a 3-depend value of forgery, forcible entry and felony hurt to property reverse to Sections 52, 339 and 365(3) of the Authorized Regulation of Lagos 2015.
By means of the trial, 4 witnesses along with Oke-Osanyitolu, his non-public assistant and a signature skilled, testified for the prosecution.
Six witnesses along with Ibraheem, a surveyor and a police officer testified on behalf of the defence.
Oke-Osanyitolu, all through his testimony, suggested the courtroom that he and the defendants have been former lovers and prime civil servants inside the employment of the Lagos State Authorities.
He talked about that all through the course of their relationship, he needed lodging for his ailing mother and had sought Ibraheem’s help in getting lodging.
Oke-Sanyitolu talked about the defendant negotiated the acquisition of the property on his behalf for N45million from the earlier proprietor, one Baba Yusuf in Kano.
The LASEMA DG suggested the courtroom that he had made instalment funds for the property by approach of Mr Luqman Salami, his non-public assistant and that he paid a stability of N1. 5million the day the Deed of Challenge was signed.
“5 people along with the defendant, have been present when the Deed was signed nevertheless solely 4 people myself, the proprietor of the property Baba Yusuf, his son Musa Yusuf and Salami my non-public assistant signed the doc,”.
Oke-Sanyitolu stated that following the breakdown of their relationship, the defendant in order to unlawfully lay declare to the property had fraudulently made one different Deed of Challenge and had stable his signature on the fake doc.
He talked about that Ibraheem, with the assistance of hoodlums, had moreover unlawfully broken into and took over possession of the property on September 2015.
The LASEMA DG well-known that when he reported his ex-lover’s actions to the authorities, she threatened his life and talked about she goes to current him “the flexibility of women”.
Ibraheem, whereas testifying in her defence talked about the property belonged to her.
She talked about when she wanted to buy the property, she visited the Baba Musa the earlier proprietor of the property in Kano. However, he had talked about as a consequence of religious causes, he could not promote the property to a lady till she acquired right here collectively along with her companion.
She talked about obliging the requests of Baba Musa, Oke-Sanyitolu had accompanied her to buy the property.
The defendant in her mannequin of events talked about that 4 persons- herself, the proprietor of the property, his son and Oke-Sanyitolu signed the Deed of Challenge whereas Salami, Oke-Sanyitolu’s non-public assistant was a witness.
Ibraheem talked about after the highest of their relationship, she purchased wind of the reality that Oke-Sanyitolu had procured one different Deed of Challenge for the property.
She well-known that the model new Deed did not embrace her signature and that he was making an attempt to register the model new Deed on the Lagos State Ministry of Lands.
Ibraheem had denied illegally taking up the property from the complainant and forging the property’s Deed of Challenge.