Over a year after the demolition of properties at the Lagoon View Estate, Ibeshe, Igbogbo- Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ikorodu, Lagos, the owners of the buildings who were evicted from the land said they have concluded plans to drag Lagos State Government, the Attorney General of the state and some other land grabbers fingered in the act to court.
Speaking with Journalists in Lagos, Mr. Victor Armstrong, one of the affected residents of the estate whose property worth over N100 million was demolished said properties pulled down in the estate were worth over N2 billion.
Armstrong said they decided to seek redress in the court of law after they had reported to the mater to Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and wrote a petition to Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and thereafter led a protest to his office without getting any response. He said apart from writing petition to the Governor, they also wrote a petition to the state’s Attorney General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem and also sought government intervention on the issue at the Citizens Mediation Center before they were told to hands off the matter based on instruction from above. Armstrong accused one Mr. Fouad Oki of masterminding the demolition of the buildings in the estate, alleging that the said Oki had boasted that he is untouchable and above the law , lamenting that the turn -out of events ever since they were rendered homeless seem to give credence to the fact that he was actually untouchable.
He said’’ Our problem started when Fouad Oki conspired with the then Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr. Wasiu Anifowoshe to demolish our houses and took over our lands. Oki said he owned the land and came over night to chase us away from the property we have lived in for years. ‘’When they did the first thing we did was to go to the ministry to complain to them but they refused to talk to us. We contacted a lawyer and wrote a petition to Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and copied Attorney General of the state. We also wrote a letter to the police commissioner and state House of Assembly. ‘’Unfortunately Governor Ambode did nothing on the issue and never responded to the letters and when we led a protest to his office no one attended to us and we have been suffering .