A high court sitting in Abeokuta has ruled that the land on which Dr. Olukoya’s Mountain of fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) camp ground along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway is located rightfully belongs to the Adejonlu family.
The ruling which was delivered on May 12, 2016 by Justice A.A Akinyemi of the Abeokuta Division of the high court of Ogun State implies that the founder of MFM, Daniel Kolawole Olukoya, may either repurchase or lose the land from the adjudged rightful owners.
It also means that the church acquired the land from, and paid people who were not the rightful owners. Ownership dispute over the land began in 2003 and took the form of judicial proceeding via 2 completely different cases – Suit Nos. AB/60/2003 and AB/61/2003), between the Adejonlu and Oduleye families, SaharaReporters reported.
Justice Akinyemi’s ruling, exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters, declared the Adejonlu family as real owners of the land located in Magada, Obafemi/Owode local government area, and that they are entitled to the right of occupancy over the land.
Following the ruling, handing ownership and right of occupancy to the Adejonlu family, their lawyer, Mr. R. O. Sadik said he wrote several letters to Mr. Olukoya for negotiation and settlement. He said he took the steps due to the profile of the pastor and his church but that the church was unwilling to comply.
According to the letters, the landowners requested the church, aided by their lawyers, to determine the size and portion of their land on which MFM Prayer city sits. The letter also demanded a payment of N5million per plot to hide the acreage that would be agreed on by the land owners and the church. Similarly, the letter demanded the immediate payment of 40% of the total cost of the acreage agreed upon.
See the documents exclusively obtained by SaharaReporters below: