Ambode govt under fire from Lagos residents

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Owners of demolished property at the Lagoon View Estate, Ibeshe, Igbogbo-Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Ikorodu, have concluded plan to take the Lagos State Government to court to seek redress.

Mr Victor Armstrong, one of the affected residents of the estate, made this known to newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday.

Armstrong noted that property pulled down in the estate were worth over N2 billion, adding that other “land grabbers’’ would be joined in the suit.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the property were demolished in 2017.

Armstrong said that the owners of the property decided to seek redress in court after they had reported the matter to the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning.

He explained that the affected people had earlier written a petition to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and thereafter, led a protest to his office without getting any response.

Armstrong said that apart from the petition written to the governor, they also wrote a petition to the state’s Attorney General, Mr Adeniji Kazeem.

He said that they also sought government’s intervention on the issue at the Citizens Mediation Centre.

“We contacted a lawyer and wrote a petition to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and copied the Attorney General of the state.

“We also wrote a letter to the police commissioner and the state House of Assembly. Unfortunately, Gov. Ambode did nothing on the issue and never responded to the letters.

“When we led a protest to his office no one attended to us and we have been suffering,’’ Armstrong said.

According to him, the only option is to seek redress in court since the Citizens Mediation Centre has been asked to hands off the matter.

“The next legal step to take is for us to go to court and we have filed our petition and we will meet in court soon,” he said.

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