Family challenges Methodist Missionary’s legal status

By Robert Egbe


In Ogun State High Court will on April 2 hear an application by members of Efure community, Offin in Sagamu.

They are asking the court to declare Wesley Methodist Missionary Trust Association Limited as a non-juristic person (that does not exist in law).

The court was asked to determine whether the Methodist Missionary Trust Association Limited has a legal status as an incorporated limited company.

Justice Olatunde Oyajinmi adjourned the matter for hearing following the request of the lawyer to Wesley Methodist Missionary Trust Association limited, Bonajo Badejo (SAN).

Badejo informed the court that the first and third defendants filed an amended memorandum of appearance, which had not been served on the claimants.


The claimants – Samuel Banjo, Emmanuel Adelesi and Kolawole Odugbesi – through their lawyer, Babatunde Oshilaja, asked the court to nullify the Deed of Lease dated March 15, 1931, on 53.94 acres of land kept at Ogun state land registry, Abeokuta.

They are alleging that Wesley Methodist Missionary Trust Association Limited is unknown to law.

The Registrar of Titles, Ogun State; the Incorporated Trustees of the Methodist Church; Nigeria Sagamu Local Government; Vigilante Security Organisation; Oladega  Ajelana, Wasiu Asanko and Mrs. Abosede Dauda (members of Kajola Saw Millers); Wasiu Jebe, Alhaja Ganiyat Adebayo, Tunbosun Okubote, Yaya Okesola, Bolanle Adeboga and the Gospel Sabbatarian the True Church of God are the other defendants.

The claimants in their 36-page Motion on Notice stated that only legal persons are capable of possessing legal rights and duties.

They said since Wesleyan Methodist Missionary Trust Association Limited was not a legal person registered under the Nigerian law as at March 15, 1931 or thereafter, it could not acquire an interest in the leasehold land.


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