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Lagos: Abraham Adesanya Estate Residents Face Eviction

Posted: May 13, 2015 at 2:30 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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By Augustine Adah

 Lagos

 

Occupiers of flats in a section of the Abraham Adesanya Estate in Ajah, Lagos State, are now living in fear because they may be ejected any moment from now.

This is because they have been given seven days eviction notice which lapsed on May 7.

They are now to pay N572, 000 per annum to the Estate’s Residents Association if they want to continue enjoying the status quo (living undisturbed) or risk ejection.

Abraham Adesanya Estate is the property of the Lagos State government.

A section of it (bungalows) has been properly leased to occupants.

But another section otherwise known as ‘Flats Eight-in-One’ (comprising storey buildings) was abandoned due to its many structural defects.

It was gathered that Lagos State Ministry of Housing has long penciled it for demolition.

Notwithstanding, the former leadership of the Estate’s Residents Association led by Alhaji Akamu allocated it to people with pressing accommodation challenges until the Lagos State Government was ready for the demolition.

Last December, a new leadership led by Captain James Olumide Jacob emerged for the estate following an election by the residents, including persons living in Flats Eight-in-One. They promised to renovate the estate and give it a new lease of life.

Signs that trouble was in the offing emerged early last month when the new executive members sidelined Transworld Security, the company providing security services for the estate, despite owing them for three months. It brought its own stern looking security operatives. Many residents, who pleaded not to be mentioned for fear of victimisation, alleged that the new security operatives have been intimidating them.

According to the residents, the new executives claimed that Lagos State Government instructed them to renovate the premises and re-issue them to new occupants.

It then asked the residents to pay N573,000, including estate maintenance or risk eviction.

All Attempts to get the reaction of the Lagos State Ministry of Housing through the Public Relations Officer were unsuccessful.