By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
A magistrate court in Kwara State, sitting in Ilorin, on Thursday ordered a tenant occupying a chalet at the Guest House of the Kwara State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Alhaji Abdulfatai Ajibola to vacate the facility with immediate effect.
The court also ordered that the defendant should evacuate all his property and hand over possession to the NUJ.
The magistrate, Abdulmalik Magaji also ordered the defendant to pay NUJ, the sum of N40,000 being the cost of electricity incurred while in possession of the property.
The court said the council was in order by all its earlier notices of “rent liquidation” and subsequent “termination of lease “agreement with the defendant saying they are now “tenant at will”.
The council had in November 2019, dragged Alhaji Fatai Ajibola who is the tenant managing NUJ Guest chalet, Bar, and Restaurant to court for failing to hand over possession after the expiration of his lease agreement.
Counsel to NUJ, Barrister Ismail AbdulRaheem had submitted before the court that all the action, evidence and documents tendered by his client were in line with the law.
The counsel, however, prayed the court to grant all the prayers of the petitioner which was granted by the court.
The matter had lingered for more than one year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and the industrial action embarked upon by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) which prevented the courts from sitting.