A multi-million naira Event Centre on block 36 Plot 4 in Magodo, Ikosi-Isheri Local Council Development Area, LCDA, was at the weekend demolished by the Lagos State government for violating the land Use Act of 1990.
The demolition exercise carried out by the State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences, which stormed the newly constructed Event Centre on Saturday, suspended its operation till yesterday, to avoid casualties.
Sources said the government revoked the certificate of the property at Tokumbo Disu-Sule Street, and 35 others in 2011, for violating the stipulated clause in the Certificate of Ownership, C of O, issued during allocation, which included inability to pay the ground rent and erect residential apartment after 17 years of allotment.
It was learnt that the land was allocated to one Mr. Sarumi Adebowale Atinmo in 1994 by the state government under the Magodo Residential Scheme.
After the revocation, it was gathered that Sarumi allegedly leased the land out to recoup his investment on the land.
However, effort to speak with the previous owner or the new occupier of the building proved abortive.
Chairman of Taskforce, Mr. Bayo Sulaimon, while speaking to Vanguard after the demolition, said: “This land was among the 36 plots of lands that were revoked by the state government within the Magodo Residential Scheme for inability to erect structure on the land within the stipulated period and the inability to pay the required ground rent.
“The revocation was done in year 2011 by the state government after the government had waited for 17 years for the owners to develop the land. The previous allottee, Mr. Sarumi who got his C of O, in 1994, lease the land to another person.
“There is a clause in the C of O which falls in line with the land Use Act of 1990, that each of the allottees must commence construction on the allotted land within three years. Before the government revoked the land, the owners were contacted.”
He said they were referred to the section in the C of O which stated that the place must be developed within a stipulated time, adding, “and they all accepted.” [Vanguard]