Globacom, Nigeria’s leading telecommunications firm has been ejected from a parcel of land belonging to the Agbereowei family of Bolou-Orua community in Sagbama area of the state.
The landowners had leased the land to the firm to locate its cell station in the area.
A high court in Bayelsa today ordered the company to pay N32.5m representing N24m unpaid rents at N3m per annum from 2008 to 2016, N8.5m as damages for distress and hardship caused the claimants.
The Agbereowei family in a suit, SHC/02/2015, filed by Miss Justina Agbereowei and Mr. Wednesday Agbereowei , had sued the telecom company failure to pay rents on the land housing its base station since 2008.
The judge ordered that the declaration of entitlement sought to the right of occupancy over the parcel of land in issue is merited and is granted.
Umukoro said the continued occupation of the claimants’ land by the defendant had become unjustifiable and that the prayers of the claimants for possession and removal of all structures on the land granted.
“That on relief for special and general damages, the sum of N18m claimed as arrears of rents at the rate of N3m per annum for six years from 2008 to 2014 in line with the parole understanding reached with the agent of the defendant was granted. “That the sum of N6m at the rate of N3m per annum for the two years of 2015 and 2016 for which rents have further accrued plus additional general damages of N8m only.