Pastor Ayo Orisejafor, the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has instituted a suit against the Lagos state government and six others over alleged intention of demolishing of his church. The respondent in the suit are: Governor of Lagos State, Attorney General of Lagos State, Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, Lagos State Building Control Agency, Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority and Lagos State Task force on Environmental Sanitation.
In the suit presented before the Lagos state High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) by the Incorporated Trustees of Word of Life Bible Church, the claimant is praying the court for an order of interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants their agents, servants, officers, privies or otherwise from demolishing or further demolishing, destroying, dispossessing or forcibly ejecting the claimant from continuing to take steps or in any other manner engaging in any activities detrimental or contrary to the rights of the ownership or possession of the claimant in respect of the claimant’s land located at Plot 21E, Abdulrahman Okene Close, Off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island Annex, Lagos.
The claimants affirmed that after duly applying for building plan approval from the respondents, which did not come at the stipulated regular period, the claimants, through Pastor Orisejafor, made due inquiries, coupled with many letters and also held meetings with Senator Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos state and the present governor, Babatunde Fashola.
He also stated that in March 2013, the claimants received a letter from the defendants directing them of submission of some certain documents to facilitate the process of the approval of the building plan which it complied with.