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Recession: Clearmove Oil and Gas, Boss, Ademilola Ogunsanya In Court Over Unpaid Rent


A Lagos house wife Mrs Florence Layonu has dragged an oil and gas firm, Clearmove Oil and Gas Limited, and it's Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Ademilola Ogunsanya, before an Igbosere Chief Magistrate Court
Lagos State, South West Nigeria, over their alleged refusal to pay thier house rent deficits amounting to N208, 333. 33.

The oil and gas's managing director, and chief executive Officer who is currently occupying a three bedroom bungalow, located at House 24, Road 50, Victoria Garden City, was alleged to have refused to pay there landlord since December 31, 2014, till date
    Upon their failure to pay  the said rent debt running  to two years, Mrs Layonu decided to  approached the court for intervention.
   In a summon for recovery of possession of the property, Mrs Layonu is seeking a court order granting her immediate possession of the House 24, Road 50, Victoria Garden City, Lagos State,

She is also seeking a court order compelling the oil and gas firm, Clearmove it's managing director/ Chief Executive Officer Ademilola Ogunsanya to immediately vacate the said property and an order compelling them jointly and severally to pay her the sum of N208, 333, 33, monthly until they give up the property.
      Mrs. Layonu in the particulars of claim filed against the defendants, stated that she granted the defendants a lease on the premises commencing from January 1, 2014, for the term of one year, without the option of renewal for whatsoever ,adding that the tenancy agreement between them specified that the lease was for the fixed term of a year  therefore it was not a yearly tenancy.

Mrs Layonu also stated that the lease was determined by effluxion of time on the December 31, 2014, since which time the defendants have continued to hold on possession without making any effort to enter into a new agreement with her.
She further stated that all efforts to initiate negotiation for new agreement with the Mr. Ogunsanya, was to no avail, as he continually evaded her property manager, and failed, refused, and neglected to reply to all emails and answer phone calls.
Consequently, the claimant stated that she instructed her agent/property manager to recover possession of the premises, and that Mr Ogunsanya, was served with a notice of owner's intention to recover possession dated January 20, 2015, which expired on January 27, 2015, but refused to acknowledge.

Mrs. Layonu further stated that despite the service of the said notice of owner's intention to recover possession dated January 20, 2015, but the defendants have failed, to deliver up possession of the subject property as at the time of filing this suit.

Consequently, Mrs. Layonu is asking the court for an order granting immediate possession of the property known as House 24, Road 50, Victoria Garden City, Lagos, together with all the appurtenances therein within the court's jurisdiction.

She also sought for an order of the court directing Mr. Ogunsanya and all other occupiers of the property known as House 24, Road 50, Victoria Garden City, Lagos, to immediately vacate the said property permanently and order for the payment of the sum of N208, 333, 33, monthly, as mesne profits until possession is given up.
However the defendant in their statement of defence, filed before the court stated that the claimant is not entitled to possession given the fact that the leasehold has not been validly determined.
The defendants also stated that they are still in need of the property as they do not have alternative place to relocate for now adding that the issue of affluxion of time is no longer applies as parties have taken concrete step to renew the tenancy accordingly, and the issue of holding over possession of the premises does not arise either.

The defendants particularly stated that leasehold was renewed by the parties saved  that they rejected the premature and sudden increment of the rent payable from N2 million to N2, 650, 000, million, barely a year they moved into the said property.

They also stated that they failed, refused and neglected to deliver up possession because they do not have alternative place to relocate, and beside, due process of recovery of premises ought to have been strictly complied with therefore the claimant is not entitled to immediate possession of the property known as House 24, Road 50, Victoria Garden City, Lagos.
      The case has been adjourned till 19th,October,2016 for hearing.

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