The Wasimi Community Development Association of Mile 12 in Ikosi–Isheri Local Council Development Area of Lagos State has appealed to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to rescind a demolition order of over 90 properties in the community.
In a statement on Sunday titled ‘Demolition of buildings: Wasimi CDA want Sanwo-Olu to rescind order’, it noted that the demolition was to be carried out by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development and the Lagos State Building Control Agency.
The community said there could have been misleading information which led to approving the action alongside the entire Maidan, Mile-12 community.
It refuted allegation that the area was fraught with defective structures, lack of building plan approval and a den for criminals and hoodlums, which led the governor into signing the demolition order.
It said that the community was populated predominantly by civil servants and government retirees who bought land validly and were law abiding for more than 50 years.
The Chairman of the CDA, Kingsley Afinjuomo, said men of the state ministry had stormed the area on 15 March 2018 and on 24 July 2020, and pasted demolition notices on properties within the community, citing lack of evidence of planning permit from the state government and the nullification of the title authority upon which the buildings were erected.
Afinjuomo explained that no single property owner has had their title to land challenged by anybody in court since they bought the lands.
He stated that the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development had in 2018 requested that property owners without building plan permits commenced immediately the process of obtaining same while it informed those with building plan permits that they had nothing to fear.
The chairman stated further that those who heeded the instruction of MPP&UD in 2018, as regards the building plan permit processing, were yet to be given their approvals despite paying the MPP&UD assessed fees in 2018.
According to him, officials of the MPP&UD with a property developer, relied on a court judgment Wasimi community had no knowledge of or was a party to claim right and ownership over their lands and properties.
In a petition titled ‘Re: Planned demolition of Properties in Wasimi Community CDA, Maidan, Mile-12, Lagos state’, and addressed to the governor, counsel to Wasimi CDA, Hussain Tijani Esq, said they had approached the court for intervention in Suit No: ID/4230GMC/2020.
“Mr Governor, we humbly use this medium to appeal to you, to reverse your approval of the demolition our client properties, pending the determination of the suit no. ID/4230GCM/2020 before Hon. Justice L.A.M Folami of court 34, General Civil Division, Ikeja Division, Lagos state,” the statement said.
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