Some staff of Property World Africa Network (PWAN) were reportedly arrested following their violation of a substantive court order restraining anyone from entering a portion of land situated at Umuisagba in Ibusa, a community in Oshimili North local government area of Delta state.
A video clip going viral shows police officers escorting the staff into a waiting van out of the property under litigation. Another video also shows “UNDER LITIGATION” fully inscribed on the wall of the said property, thereby prohibiting anyone from intruding into the land pending the determination of the substantive suit on notice.
In a suit filed by Hush Homes and dated 31/10/2023, the court restrains anyone from entering the land measuring 46,327.810 square meter with survey plan number as 3285/DI/1594/2022 and bounded by beacons.
The court order with suit number SUIT NO.A/247/2023 restraints the defendants from planting beacons, crops, trees, plotting, surveying, leasing, letting, mortgaging or alienating in any manner or doing anything in the said land pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunctions.
But despite this court injunctions prohibiting anyone from entering or carrying out any business activity in the disputed land, PWAN Plus staff were allegedly seen within the premises, executing certain businesses which were contrary to the order of the honorable court.
PWAN Plus agents were reportedly seen removing copies of enrolled order of injunction on the land and advertising same for sale to unsuspecting members of the public. The PWAN PLUS continues to advertise and sell Heartland 8 by Cedarwood, a subject matter of litigation to unsuspecting members of the public
In a response, Managing Director of PWAN PLUS, owners of the Heartland by Cedarwood Estate in Asaba, Mr. Julius Opeyemi, in a press statement, said the allegation of land grabbing is untrue.
He added: “While we acknowledge that our attention was drawn to the referenced law suit, not even as joined parties, we state that the competence and validity of the entire judicial process will be challenged as we continue to protect the interest of all our stakeholders, especially our subscribers and realtors.”