Court orders arrest of Funke Otti, ex-NISA President Jolapamo’s wife 

Court orders arrest of Funke Otti, ex-NISA President Jolapamo’s wife 
Former President, Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), Chief Isaac Jolapamo.

 

A Magistrate’s Court in Yaba, Lagos, has issued a warrant of arrest against Mrs. Olufunke Olayinka Otti-Jolapamo, the estranged wife of former President of the Nigerian Shipowners Association (NISA), Chief Isaac Jolapamo.

The arrest warrant, dated 27th June 2021, was issued after Otti-Jolapamo allegedly failed to appear before the court to answer to charges of malicious damage and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace.

The former NISA President had filed a complaint on oath accusing his wife of allegedly conspiring with others namely Fashi Nyashi, Daniel Aigevbole, Olaitan Kudus, Taofeek Aina “and others now at large to commit misdemeanour to wit malicious damage and conduct likely to cause breach of the peace”.

Chief Jolapamo has been engaged in a running battle with his wife over the ownership of a property in Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.

On December 8, 2020, Justice Taofiquat Oyekan-Abdullahi of the Lagos State High Court issued an order restraining Mrs. Olufunke Olayinka Otti-Jolapamo from selling the property located at Plot 12, Block AS, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos.

In addition to Otti-Jolapamo, the order also restrained her company, CTSR Group Limited, which was listed as second respondent in the suit from making any attempt to sell the property.

Chief Jolapamo, in a 17 paragraphs affidavit deposed to in support of his application to the court, claimed ownership of the property in question. The applicant averred that he got married to Olufunke Olayinka Otti-Jolapamo on February 23, 2017, under Nigerian law at Ikoyi Registry in Lagos. The deponent averred that after the marriage and based on consentual agreement between him and his wife, they acquire the said property with the proceeds from the sale of his two ships.

He averred that his wife being a younger person, he designated his authority to her to carry out the transaction leading to the sale of the ships and acquisition of the property in Ikoyi.

The applicant further averred that sometime in 2019, he and his wife traveled to the United States of America but he later returned to Nigeria while his wife did not. To his greatest surprise, he stated, his wife sent a whatapp message to him from the United States of America that she wanted to sell the house in question, which he said belonged to him.

Chief Jolapamo also averred that his wife had not given him account of the proceeds realized from the sale of his two ships.

The judge, after listening to the applicant’s counsel, granted an order of interim injunction restraining the first and second respondents, their agents, servants, privies and assigns from trespassing, taking any steps or further steps to sell, convey or transfer in any manner howsoever the title or interest in the applicant’s property situate and laying at Plot 12, Block AS, Ikoyi Parkview Residential Scheme, Eti-Osa Area of Lagos.

The court also restrained the Registrar of Title from registering any instrument presented by the respondents, their agents, servants, privies or proxies or any person whosoever, in respect to the applicant’s property with occupancy Number 87/87/1995AA.

The court also issued an order restraining any officer otherwise authorised to issue Governor’s Consent from giving consent to any instrument submitted or filed by the respondents, their agents, servants, privies or proxies or any person whosoever in respect to the property.



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