On Tuesday 10th May 2022, our legal team in Abuja, led by Seyi Arowosebe working with Vivian of FIDA Abuja, responded to the SOS call of Patricia having been evicted from their family house by a team of enforcement officers, pursuant to a warrant of possession of premises issued in respect of the house by a Judge of the High Court of the FCT.
We visited the Litigation Department of the High Court of the FCT to track the file through the suit number on the warrant of possession of premises. We were rightly informed that the file and matter is now pending before Court 35 of the High Court of the FCT, sitting at Jabi, Abuja.
We proceeded immediately to Jabi and met the Registrar of Court. We indicated our interest in the matter on behalf of Mrs Adeola Bassey and her children.
On Wednesday, 11th May 2022, we filed an application letter to conduct a search on the file and obtain certified true copies of processes in the proceeding that led to the issuance of warrant of possession of the premises.
Our search on the file revealed that pursuant to an application by counsel to enter and execute (in Abuja) a judgment of a High Court of Cross River State sitting in Calabar; an order was granted by a Judge of the High Court of the FCT Abuja, to take possession of the property situate at Block 18, Flat 2, Yenagoa Street, Area 2, Garki, Abuja.
A copy of the judgment of the High Court of Cross River State was exhibited in the application referred to in the paragraph above. The matter in Calabar leading to the said judgment was between NEWSET CHAMBERS VS DOMINIC EYAMBA BASSEY.
We immediately engaged the services of a lawyer in Calabar to apply for and obtained certified true copy of the originating process in the High Court Calabar, where the matter was heard and decided.
We received the CTC from Calabar on 12th May 2022. The CTC confirmed the parties as NEWSET CHAMBERS VS DOMINIC EYAMBA BASSEY.
The matter was brought under the Undefended List. The Defendant was said to have taken a loan from the Plaintiff. Having defaulted in paying back both the capital and the interest despite repeated demands, the Plaintiff approached a High Court in Calabar to recover the debt.
The house in Abuja, which was said to have been used as collateral for the said loan, was ordered to be sold to liquidate the debt. Judgment was granted as prayed. Hence the application in Abuja to enter and enforce the judgment from Calabar.
The Defendant/Judgment Debtor is the husband of Mrs Adeola Bassey. He is also the father of the children. The couple jointly owned the property in question. However, title documents are in the name of the husband.
We have reasons to believe that the machinery of law has been used to forcefully take over the property belonging to the family.
We will file the necessary processes in court on behalf of Mrs Adeola Bassey, challenging the injustice that has been done to her and her children.
Pending the resolution of the issues, we solicit the help and support of well-meaning Nigerians for the provision of a decent shelter for Mrs Adeola Bassey and her children. This is the most important part of this update.