2nd September, 2010
A Lagos-based architect, Mr. Bamidele Oyeyipo, has petitioned the Assistant Inspector General ofÂ Police (AIG), Mr. Azubiko Udah, over threat to his life and malicious damage of his property,Â Dove International Limited on 45/47, Martins Street, Lagos.
In a petition dated 29 July, 2010 which indicated that Dove International Limited hadÂ developer/lease agreement with the Animasahun family and in spite of the fact that the leaseÂ was still subsisting and with tenants in the premises with their goods and wares, the trusteesÂ and some members of the Animashahun family entered the property and demolished the structuresÂ of Dove International on 17 July, 2010.
According to Oyeyipoâ€™s business associate, Mr. Olakunle Eniyandunmo, â€œthe building on 45/47,Â Martins Street, Lagos, a seven-storey building, was a shopping complex before the demolition.Â The Animashaun family leased it to Dove International Limited and was developed, while theÂ lease period agreed upon was 40 years.
â€œThe bone of contention was that there was a partial collapse whereby the shootout balcony ofÂ the 6th floor fell due to lapses on the part of the workers during construction and when itÂ rained, it became soaked and collapsed which caused the Lagos State government to seal up theÂ place and revoked its Certificate of Occupancy.
â€œThe Lagos State government, however, ordered that a laboratory test for structural stabilityÂ of the building be done and was found structurally okay, while an independent structuralÂ engineer, Moshe Valiant Consultants, who also carried out its own test found it structuralÂ okay.
â€œThereafter, Animashahun family took the government to court for the possession of their landÂ and while the case between Dove International Limited and Animashaun family was still in courtÂ in the suit number M/353/208 before Justice Ojikutu Oshodi of Lagos High Court and adjournedÂ till 20 September, 2010, we suddenly discovered, to our surprise, that demolition took placeÂ despite the fact that the case is in court.â€
Counsel to Dove International Limited, Barrister Adeniyi Adebisi, said â€œwe implore the AIG, Mr.Â Azubuko Udah, to investigate this case of forgery, threat to life and malicious damage toÂ property of Dove. The Animashaun family has no right to demolish our clientâ€™s structure on theÂ land so that our client would not suffer unjustly from the above named Animashaun family.â€