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FEDERAL HOUSING AUTHORITY v. HRM OBA ISAAC OWOLABI OLAYEMI & ORS

(2017) JELR 37406 (CA)

Court of Appeal  •  CA/L/687/2016  •  12 Jul 2017  •  Nigeria

Coram
TIJJANI ABUBAKAR JCA; YARGATA BYENCHIT NIMPAR JCA; UGOCHUKWU ANTHONY OGAKWU JCA;

Judgement

UGOCHUKWU ANTHONY OGAKWU, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment):

EXORDIUM The Second World Africa Festival of Arts and Culture was hosted by Nigeria in 1977. It was popularly known by the acronym FESTAC 77. One of the legacies of the said FESTAC 77 is the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos. It was constructed in 1976 to host FESTAC 77 and it is today the primary centre for performing Arts in Nigeria. Another legacy of FESTAC 77 is the Festival Town or FESTAC Village which was the housing estate built to accommodate the visitors and workers at the FESTAC 77. After the festival, the houses were allocated to the people who won them after a ballot exercise (Source: Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation). The Festival Town or FESTAC Village is what is today known as FESTAC Town in Lagos. This appeal is not about the National Theatre. It is about the extent of the expanse of Land acquired by the Government for the construction of FESTAC Town.

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