Michael Agbamuche, son of the late former attorney general of the federation Michael Agbamuche, has accused Our Saviour Anglican Church, Surulere, Lagos of occupying his property without compensation.
Agbamuche, who is also a lawyer, wrote a letter dated September 22 to the primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) Bishop Henry Ndukuba, explaining that the church is illegally occupying a property bequeathed to him by his late mother, reports The Guardian on Monday.
He said: “I am forced to bring this matter to your attention having exhausted all efforts using conciliation to persuade my lord, the Bishop of Lagos Mainland to intervene and resolve the issues without rancour or litigation.
“Regrettably, I not only failed to persuade him, but he proceeded to block my line and made himself incommunicado, which meant that I had no choice than to reach out to you as his supreme head rather than turning to the police or litigation.”
Agbamuche said despite drawing the attention of the Bishop of Lagos Mainland Akinpelu Johnson to facts, he has refused to do anything about it.
He maintained that no conveyance or deed of assignment was prepared and executed nor was any such document sent to the land registry for perfection to legalise the transfer of title and that the church has been occupying the property for 10 years.
Agbamuche asked the church to compensate him with the current market value.
The newspaper reported that the church’s general secretary asked Agbamuche to “report this at the Bishop’s office in Lagos.”
However, Bishop Johnson was quoted to have said, when asked for comments, that only the church’s legal officer could react to the allegations.