Taye James and Idowu Onanuga, both residents in Akure had taken the state to court, claiming that the land on which the government built the market was illegally acquired.

According to their lawyer, Kehinde Ojo, in 2014, the court in a judgment delivered by Justice A.O. Adebusoye, had ordered the government to vacate the premises.

Ojo claimed that the state ignored the court’s verdict that “the first claimant is entitled to a statutory right of occupancy over the property.”

He said, “We have made several moves, asking the government to honour the initial agreement but to no avail, hence the reason we went back to the court for the enforcement of the judgment.”

One of the claimants, James, said he would give the government the options of returning the land to him as directed by the court or to pay him N100m as compensation.

In his reaction, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, Segun Ajiboye, said the government would study the court ruling and take appropriate action.