Demolition fever at Pen Cinema

Just like the fate which befell owners of properties standing in the Right of Way (RoW) of the Abule Egba flyover during construction, hundreds of business owners are braced for similar fate as the pre-construction process of the proposed Pen Cinema-Agege flyover and pedestrian bridge begins. Timothy Odutolu writes The Pen Cinema-Agege axis is notoriously known for its ever-present traffic congestion and it was a great relief when the Lagos State government on September 8, 2017 flagged off the construction of a flyover, which was promised to be delivered before…

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Otodo Gbame: Court declines jurisdiction on application for contempt

A Lagos High Court sitting in Igbosere, Lagos, yesterday dismissed a contempt application filed by some displaced residents of Lagos waterfront settlements against principal officials of the state government over alleged disobedience of court order on the demolition of shanties and illegal structures. Some residents Otodo Gbame area of Ilado in Lekki, numbering about 33, had filed the contempt application against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Wasiu Anifowoshe and the Commissioner of Police…

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Court assumes jurisdiction in timber dealers’ suit against Lagos

Justice Abdul-Azeez Anka of the Federal High Court, Lagos, yesterday assumed jurisdiction in a case filed by Okobaba Timber Dealers, Sawyers, Towing Vessel Owners and other stakeholders against the Lagos State government over the planned demolition and relocation from the Okobaba Foreshore. The timber dealers had a year ago filed the suit to challenge their forceful eviction by the government in order to be relocated to what they described as ‘an abandoned and uncompleted location in faraway Ijede area of Ikorodu.’ They contended that they were being excluded from all…

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Fayose softens action on demolition of mosque

Ayodele Fayose

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, yesterday soft pedalled on his administrations’ plans to demolish mosques built on the premises of petrol stations across the state. Fayose, had two weeks ago, sent a delegation to a mosque built by Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami, on the premises of his petrol station at Adebayo area of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, informing him of the state government’s plan to demolish the mosque and others built close to filling stations across the state. The state government’s action was sequel to purported cancerous effects of emissions of…

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Worshippers avoid mosque over threatened demolition

Muslim faithful in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, yesterday stayed away from the mosque marked by the state government for demolition last Monday. A petroleum dealer, Alhaji Suleman Akinbami, built the mosque located within the premises of NIPCO filling station in Adebayo area of the capital. However, the move to demolish the mosque was seen as a vendetta against Akinbami who, as Secretary of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria in the state, had been in the vanguard of opposition to the state government over recent demolition by government of some…

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Kaduna demolishes APC zonal chairman’s house

The North West Zonal Chairman of the All Progressives Congress ( APC), Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, has accused Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State of demolishing his house for political reasons. Abdulkadir’s house, which was located at Yakubu avenue, Kaduna, was pulled down by officials of the Kaduna State Urban Planning and Development Agency (KASUPDA) yesterday . However an official of KASUPDA claimed that the house was demolished because it was illegally constructed. Speaking in a telephone interview with our correspondent, the APC chieftain alleged that the governor had long threatened…

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Otodo-Gbame: Counting the cost of demolition

For residents of Otodo- Gbame, a riverine community located near the high-brow area of Lekki, the frequent threat to freedom and right to peaceful existence is not yet over. Muritala Ayinla takes a look at the plight of the community Two weeks ago, officials of the Lagos State Task force on Environment and Special Offence Unit allegedly stormed the fishing community of Otodo- Gbame in Lekki to dislodge the residents. Although, there is no reliable record of the exact number of the residents living in the sprawling community, some Non-Governmental…

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