92-yr-old widow discontinues case against, FG, Lagos state

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A 92 years old widow, Mrs. Roseline Ololo, has discontinued a suit she filed before a federal High Court in Lagos, seeking return of her Lagos schools.

The applicant had filed the suit through her lawyer, Chief Malcom Omirhobo, praying the court for an order, returning her schools to her.

The schools are: Metropolitan College and Isolo Secondary school.

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When the case was called on Wednesday, her lawyer informed the court of a motion on notice to discontinue the suit.

Omirhobo then moved in terms of his motion, praying the court to withdraw the action in its entirety, against all persons sued as respondent in accordance with the rules of court.

In a short ruling, Justice Rabiu Shagari, struck out the suit, with no order as to cost.

It will be recalled that Ololo had sued for herself and her company, Akaix West Africa Ltd.

The respondents in the suit are: The Attorney General of the Federation, the Minister of Education, Lagos State Government, Lagos State Attorney General, and The Lagos State Commissioner for Education.

The applicant had prayed the court for a declaration that the refusal by the Lagos State Government to return her schools, is unjust, unconstitutional, illegal and unlawful.

In her affidavit, she averred that in 1952, she and her late husband both incorporated a company, Akaix Africa Ltd, in which name they established Metropolitan College.

She averred that they were granted permission by the Federal Ministry of Education, to establish Metropolitan College of Commerce. She averred that in 1966, before the Nigerian Civil war, they had purchased over 8.17 hectares of land at the Itire-akari Isolo area of Lagos where they sited their school.
According to the applicant, in 1976, the Military Government of Lagos State took over 48 private secondary schools from their owners, including Metropolitan College.

She said that in the process, Isolo Secondary School was carved out of Metropolitan College on the same expanse of land hosting the college.

She averred that however, in 2001, the then administration repealed the law and returned the said 48 private schools to their owners, adding that Metropolitan College was curiously not returned to its owners.

She had therefore, prays the court for a declaration that the refusal of the respondents to return back her schools violated her constitutional rights to acquire and own landed properties.

Ololo therefore, sought a court’s order, restraining the respondents from further infringing on her fundamental right, as well as an order, returning her properties back to her.

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