24th November, 2010
By Moyo Fabiyi
Tenants at 55, Kakawa Street, Lagos Island, Lagos, South West Nigeria have petitioned the Inspector General of Police for illegal ejection by Mr. Sylvester Dadi who claimed he had bought the two- storey building from the formerÂ landlord and wanted all the tenants to vacate the place.
According to the petition written by the counsel to two of the tenants, Mr. Lookman Agboola, the new landlord, Dadi employed the servi ces of thugs, known as area boys, who forcefully removed the roofing of the house and evicted the tenants.
The two tenants, Alhaji Olalowo and Alhaji Mohammed, said all their personal belongings were thrown out of the house while some of them were stolen by the area boys.
Mohammed claimed that he lost beddings, clothings, television sets, N70,000 cash and books worth N200,000 to the thugs.
He also alleged that the attack forced him to relocate his wife and children to Badagry. He claimed that his wife has developed menatal illness as a result of the trauma she suffered during the eviction
Similarly, Olalowo alleged that his television sets, radio, shoes and a cash of N750,000 were lost to the hoodlums.
Olalowo, who is into shoes business, also claimed he lost all the money he used to trade during the illegal eviction.
Agbola said the tenants had pleaded with Dadi to allow them stay in the house till June, next year but were surprised when the thugs came on Sunday 14 November to eject them from the house and vandalised their properties.
The counsel urged the Inspector General of Police through the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SCID, Panti, Lagos State to use his good offices to ensure his client were not ejected illegally when due process was not followed.
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