Fresh facts has begun to surface regarding the demolition that took place few months ago at Glorious Villa Community, Abule Parapo Phase 2, Awoyaya area of Ibeju Lekki, Lagos State. It was said that over 200 homes with more than 3000 people rendered homeless.
The incident was reported by THE WITNESS.
The news portal alleged that Skye Bank Plc and its subsidiary, Skye Trustees Limited are involved in the acquisition of the land and later demolished houses on the land without proper notice given to the occupants on the land
The Tokunbo Abiru-led financial institution and its subsidiary on Thursday, July 26th 2018 allegedly demolished over 200 houses and rendered over 3000 homeless. THE WITNESS reliably learnt that trouble started when Skye Bank secretly bought expanse of land allegedly belonging to several families but represented by few when sealing the deal.
Skye Bank, THE WITNESS learnt, reached out to the lawyers of the property owners to come over for ratification and demanded that they should pay sums of money ranging between N4 million and N8 million for the ratification of each of the plots in contention.
The property owners had suggested further negotiation and had reached a compromise with the bank, but Skye Bank allegedly went ahead with the demolition of the properties with the backing of about 300 armed operatives from various security outfits that harassed the residents and seized their belongings including phones and cameras.
The Skye Bank-ordered demolition has thrown the residents of the area into a state of distress and agony as majority of them now take refuge in uncompleted buildings outside of the community. Others have resorted to taking solace under the bridges around the area while some have moved in with their relations as squatters pending when luck will smile at them to acquire new accommodations.
Affected residents, most of who are customers of the Skye Bank have been counting their losses, lamenting the suffering they are forced to go through.
The lawyers representing Glorious Villa Community Development Association, Reagan Nzeteh & Co. has written Lekki Gardens demanding the sum of N10 billion from Skye Bank plc and Skye Trustees Ltd for what it called trespass to land, willful/criminal/malicious damage of its client’s properties and illegal demolition of the properties in Abule Parapo Phase 2 by the two organizations. They have also threatened to sue both Skye bank and the family that sold the land to them initially..
In the same vein, the inspector general of police has been petitioned regarding the illegal use of over 300 police officers in the operation.