Policemen, Thugs Arrested For Illegal Demolition


A police officer, Supol Adebisi, who led 20 other policemen in a Black Maria with two mini trucks from Governor’s Monitoring Team, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, South West Nigeria, to illegally demolish a building on Martins Street, Lagos Island, has been arrested.

Also nabbed by the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba, Lagos, was one of the thugs hired for the illegal operation, Hassan a.k.a. Omoga, who has been detained by detectives in Panti.

On  3 July 2010, Hassan allegedly led some thugs armed with dangerous weapons, to chase out traders from Sunyland Shopping Mall Enterprises, causing extensive damage to goods and property worth N30 million.

Supol Adebisi, 20 policemen and thugs, reportedly stormed 35/37 Martins Street, Lagos on 16 August this year, armed with dangerous weapons to chase out the tenants and demolished the first and ground floors of the shopping mall.

The Chief Executive Officer, Sunny Land, Lanre Saba, said he has sent a petition to Governor Babatunde Fashola on the issue, but there was no response from him.

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In a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Ogbonna Onovo and the Lagos State Command, Police Commissioner, Marvel Akpoyibo, Lawrence Ehiwoguru said there is a case in court over the said property.

Mr. Saba said while the tenancy of Sunny Land subsists until December, 2001, their landlord hired another agent who ordered them to vacate the premises of the building at 35/37 Martins Street, Lagos, for renovation.

The new agent, Innocent Chukwuma, the CEO of Sunny Land claimed, disregarded a subsisting court process to hire thugs and pay policemen to harass and evict the tenants who had so far incurred losses running into N40 million as a result of the illegal and diabolical activities.

—Lucky Lawal

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