PDP Chieftain Slams N30m Suit On LAWMA

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An aggrieved chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Engineer Kamal Giwa, whose house was allegedly demolished by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has slammed N30 million suit on the agency.

Also joined as co-respondents are the Lagos State government and its Attorney General.

In a statement of facts filed before the court by Barrister Ade Oyebanji, the applicant averred that he is the owner of one storey building located at 1, Igbehinadun Street, Makoko, Lagos Mainland Local Government Area. He said he built it in 1996 and ever since have been in physical possession of the property.

The applicant averred that the property was the headquarter of his campaign organisation as PDP gubernatorial aspirant in May, 2007 general elections.

However, on 13 September, 2011, Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, and some Lagos State government officials invaded the property, carted away properties valued at N20.8 million after the valuable items were removed from the premises, and then demolished the entire building.

Giwa averred further that he was never served with any notice whatsoever that his property was to be demolished.

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Immediately after the demolition of his property, the Attorney General of Lagos State put a public notice on the property, indicating that the property has been acquired by the Lagos State government, without any notice of compulsory acquisition till date.

The defendants have not offered any compensation either before or after the compulsory acquisition.

During the demolition, the officers of the defendants carted away title documents including building plan and purchase receipt from the property owners.

The applicant contended that the invasion and demolition of his house has affected his means of livelihood as the property was his main source of income being a retired civil servant.

The applicant prayed the court to declared the compulsory acquisition of his property as gross violation of his fundamental right to acquire and own immovable property guaranteed under section 43 and 44 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

The applicant is also demanding the sum of N30 million as damages for the breach of his fundamental human rights by the respondents.

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