Successful lawyer and pro-democracy activist, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite is not backing down on his suit against Standard Chartered Bank seeking N10billion in damages and an order of the court for the high-rise complex of the bank to be levelled. Arguably Nigeria’s longest serving presidential aspirant, Dr Braithwaite has been at loggerheads with his neighbour, Standard Chartered Bank for, according to him, illegally erecting a 15-storey commercial building in an otherwise residential area in Victoria Island, Lagos.
Earlier this year, the octogenarian told Justice Doris Okuwobi of an Ikeja High Court, “There is an order of the Court of Appeal stopping them at the second floor yet they are now on the 15th floor. This is a serious case to try. My Lord, I’m not happy with the trend of this case.
This case will surely try the integrity of the Nigerian legal system and would either have a solitary effect or eternal condemnation of the Nigeria legal system.” He continued, Your lordship will recall that you granted us an order amending our process since June 2013, but up till now the defendant has deliberately refused to file their statement of defence and manipulating the Nigeria legal system while continuing to destroy the res by building up till 15th floor,” he added. More worrisome for Dr. Braithwaite is that the bank has installed giant industrial generators directly opposite his house with the concomitant fumes and noise shattering their air and serenity.
In view of this, Dr. Braithwaite is praying the court to grant him N10billion in damages and a demolition of the building. Those who know the pedigree of the founder of Nigerian Advance Party know that he doesn’t back down from a fight and thus should sound a note of warning to the bank that he might be withering physically due to old age, he is not in any way battle-weary.