BY REMI FAYEMI in Lagos•
The Lagos State Government has been accused of illegally hijacking the property at no 3A Sasegbon Street, G.R.A, Ikeja said to be owned by the former Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mrs. Funmilayo Tejuoso.
Mrs. Tejuoso also decried the use of policemen from the Lagos State Police Command to forcibly eject her and family from the house without due process.
The armed policemen, who were stationed at the entrance of the sealed building, gave chase to Tejuoso and journalists who converged in front of the building for a press conference, claiming they were acting on instructions from above.
Speaking through her husband, Prince Kayode Tejuoso, the former deputy speaker, who is serving her 14th year in the house of assembly, said she has been rendered homeless after she was allegedly evicted forcibly alongside her family.
The entire family who were evicted from their Ikeja residence by the Lagos State government over alleged illegal sale, called for a thorough investigation and prosecution of those who allegedly made the illegal sale.
Tejuoso further debunked allegations that his family underpaid for the building, insisting that he paid N150 million after the state government approved a 25 per cent deduction from the initial N200 million offer .
“During that administration of former Governor Bola Tinubu, the Lagos State Government adopted the Federal Government’s property’s monetisation and redevelopment policy by offering several of its properties to public/civil servings occupying same for sale as well as companies under redevelopment schemes.
“This monetisation policy was continued by the Babatunde Raji Fashola government, as a result of which several officials benefited, including the present chairman of the Lagos chapter of the APC, Mr. Henry Dele Ajomale.
“In furtherance of this policy, my wife and I being the present occupiers were equally afforded the same opportunity of acquiring the property which we chose to do through a company in which we have interest “
” This company called Debam Mega Solutions Limited, by a letter dated November 21, 2008 addressed to His Excellency, the Governor sought the concession and approval of the Governor to acquire the right of occupancy over the property.
“At the time Debam Mega Solutions Limited sought the concession of the governor, the property housed a dilapidated and abandoned structure.
“Further to the said application and by a Lagos State Government, Ministry of Housing letter dated March 26, 2010 with reference No. MHEST/627, the Lagos State Government offered to sell the property to Debam Mega Investment at the ultimate agreed purchase price of N150million.
“This amount was eventually fully paid to the government on of May 28,!2015 thereby concluding the sale of the property from the government to the company.
“Since the completion of payments, the property no longer belongs to the Lagos State Government as it has become the private property of Debam Mega Investment.
“Upon the acquisition of the right of occupancy over the property, the company continued to be in active possession of the property through Prince and Honourable (Mrs.) Funmilayo Tejuoso who improved the property to its present state.
“It is important to state that the improvements you are seeing on the property today that is being referred to by the government as deputy speaker’s official residence were constructed by us. The meaning of which is that, what basically we obtained from the government was parcel of land.
“Since the acquisition of the property, Debam Mega Solutions Limited enjoyed quiet and undisturbed possession of the property until about 11:00am on Friday, November 3, 2017, eight years after, when policemen from the office of the Governor of Lagos State, led by one Mr. D. Abutu, without an order of court, invaded the property, evicted some of the occupants and imprisoned the others, who have remained imprisoned since.”