I am calling on the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode to wade into the allegation of illegal and unlawful construction, haphazard reconstruction and planning of building to endanger lives and properties in violation of extant physical planning laws of Lagos State, gross and willful construction against physical planning laws, threats to lives and properties and acts capable to disrespect public peace in Jay Jay Oladimeji Close, off Freedomway, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos State.
We are properties’ owners/landlords and residents on Jay Jay Oladimeji Residents Association and have been living there in peace and harmony before the deliberate, willful and unlawful acts of wrong doers which is capable of causing breach of peace, endangering lives and properties within the community.
The said Jay Jay Oladimeji close had always been a close that has the rear side fenced up by adjoining properties’ owners whose properties are facing another street as it was approved by the Lagos State Government for ages.
But sometime last year, an individual that had been having a running battle with the Lagos State government approving authorities attempted to unlawfully break the rear fence of one property he bought over when he recently entered into joint venture agreement with the original allotee, in order to create entrance for the back building under construction and enable him sell the same to would be buyers, thereby flouting the original town plan for the area.
The original single building on the said land faced another street, but its back is towards our close and the reconstruction is blocking the entrance and access to buildings on Jay Jay Oladimeji close.
We brought the illegalities and consequential hazardous effects of the same to the man and his workers, only to be confronted with lame excuses that he borrowed money to purchase and build from the bank and that the reconstruction will enhance the value of properties, whereby four buildings are now replacing the original one building on the land with one facing one street and another facing Jay Jay Oladimeji close against the approval building/street plan by the Lagos State government.
As law abiding citizens, we decided to follow due process despite the deliberate, provocative and unlawful acts of the wrongs doers and the thugs positioned by the wrong doer who are threatening with confidence that they are well connected, hence, this petition for your urgent intervention.
If there is no quick intervention, residents may decide to resort to self-help. This is why I’m writing with the belief that you will use your good office to ensure equity, justice and fair play which is known to be the hallmark of this administration.
We had earlier written a petition through our lawyer, Adeshola Abimbola from the law firm of Ademola Abiodun Koko & Co on behalf of Ralph Lewu, Emmanuel Orjiakor, Ade Adeyemi, Seun Omotoba, Tope Oyebanjo, Kayode Idowu, Olumide Akpata, Dayo Adepoju and Hojo Rufus Maduabuchi being the property owners/landlords of Oladimeji Residents Association.