Homeowners and land allottees in Alma Beach Estate, Lekki have raised the alarm over ongoing construction of several buildings without government permit by landgrabbers terrorising their community with hired policemen and thugs.
The concerned homeowners and allottees have, therefore, called for the urgent intervention of the state governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to stop the illegal activities of the trespassers who they accused of distorting the estate masterplan with their indiscriminate building construction activities under the cover of darkness and police protection.
The property owners had, in a letter to the Lagos State Building Control Agency, signed by Dr. Olumide Famuyiwa, alerted the regulatory body to the threat such development poses to residents and safety within the estate.
According to them, “We write to request the urgent intervention of your good offices for stoppage of all ongoing illegal building construction works at Alma Beach Estate.
“These construction activities being undertaken without LASG building permit have great potential to deface the entire neighbourhood and distort the Alma Beach Estate Master Plan, which is lodged at the office of the Surveyor-General of Lagos State.
“Several bonafide plot allottees in Alma Beach Estate that are desirous to commence the development of their plots have expressed great concern about these illegal activities, which could adversely impact the value of their property and are demanding that we take steps to put an end to it.
“These bonafide assignees and lessees have duly registered their several interests with the Lagos State Government and obtained Lagos State Governor’s consent; and have also obtained or processing the requisite Lagos State Government building construction permits for their respective plots.
“To prevent this impending disaster, we therefore respectfully request that you please cause officers from your Agency to conduct a thorough verification of building permits and survey plans for ongoing building construction works at Alma Beach Estate with a view to stopping and sealing of all building construction sites without genuine building permits and survey plans.”
Speaking on the concern of the homeowners and allottees, their lawyer, Dr Muiz Banire(SAN) said it was absurd for trespassers to be building on other peoples’ lands without any authentic survey plan or building approval, while government officials saddled with the responsibility of stopping such anomaly look the other way.
“This can only happen where state officials have been induced and compromised; otherwise it will amount to double standard in Lagos when some people can build without necessary approvals, while such infractions by majority of the citizenry are heavily penalised.
“I want to believe Governor Sanwo-Olu has not been properly briefed on the kind of lawlessness going on at Alma Beach Estate, otherwise those sabotaging due process and making a mess of his administration should be facing the music by now.
“How can legal allottess with registered government titles and approved building plans, through which the state had earned revenues, be prevented from accessing their property while land grabbers who have no legal titles or any government approval be having a field day,” the Lekki homeowners’ senior lawyer questioned.