Illegal Structures Around Estates Demolished

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Pics: Above, the illegal structures before they were demolished.
Down: After they were demolished

As part of efforts to enforce a judgement of a Federal High Court, Lagos, illegal structures erected in and around an expanse of land named ‘Abdul Salami Tijjani Estate’, located opposite Afoka Police Station, Shasha, Lagos, have been demolished.The demolition of the illegal structures in and around the estate, which was carried out on Friday, it was gathered, was compliance to the court ordered made by Justice Musa Kurya, who currently sit at the Jos division of the court.

Justice Kurya had sometimes in 2013, while delivering judgment in a fundamental rights enforcement suit between Babatunde Ahmed and nine others against Inspector-General of Police and nine other in a suit marked FHC/L/CS/1665/2013.

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Specifically, thee judge in the judgment which its executuin order was made on July 27, 2016, had granted the seventh applicant in the suit, Alhaji Abdul Rauf Tijjani the possession of the said estate and many others: 117 Egbeda Road  Akowonjo; another property on Bola Quadiri Street; Oremeji Close, Egunjobi Area, Shasha and Bola Ahmed Tinubu Estate, all in Shasha.

When our reporter visited the site during the weekend, some of the affected illegal occupants were picking the remnants of their demolished structures.

The illegal occupants however refused to speak over the demolition. But one of the who pleaded for anonymity said: “all of sudden, who saw some armed security agents with tractors demolished the shops and other structures around and in the estate.

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“We gathered that a court in Lagos have granted one Alhaji Tijjani of the said property.

“The step taken by Lagos state in returning the property to the rightful owner is the best that can happened”.

Speaking on the demolition, Mr. Tayo Aruna, a Personal Assistant to Alhaji Tijjani says; “the demolish was carrying an order of the court by Justice Musa Kurya. What we just did was to sent the illegal occupants out of the packing.

Tayo further stated that: “the shops and kiosks in and around the estate was built by a land grabber, who has no connection or link with the owner of the land, in the person of Alhaji  Abdul Rauf Tijjani.
“Am using this medium to informed the general public to desist from anyone who claimed to have power of attorney on the land, because the owner did not authorized anyone to act on his behalf”.
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