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Chloe’s Cupcake Heaven gets Sudden Demolition Notice in Abuja After 5 Years in Business



Chloe's Cupcake Heaven in AbujaLast week, a part of the shopping complex that housed Nuli Juice and Nuts About Cakes in Ikoyi, Lagos was broken down.

The tenants said it was done without prior warning, while the government claimed their landlord was warned about the illegal structures, and it was a story that trended throughout the week.

Today, Abuja baker Chloe’s Cupcake Heaven is complaining of a similar act about to take place tomorrow.

Here’s what she posted this evening –

So in the wake of the demolition of @nulijuice and other small business trying to make a difference in our economy, we got this marked on our wall today with a lot of officials and soldiers in tow. This marking says 24 hours notice. 24 hours notice?????

We’ve been in this building doing business for 5 years and you give us 24 hours notice at almost the close of business for demolition. I don’t get it Nigeria! how much more are entrepreneurs supposed to take in this country?

Our country is in a recession and this is what the Govt deems necessary at this point in time. A lot of other buildings were marked but how do you mark a building at the close of business for demolition the next day and don’t even give the affected parties a listening ear???

What is the justification for this sort of animalistic behaviour in this country? #smallbusinessesmatter

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  1. nnenne

    September 5, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    If the government must demolish, let them provide relaxation alternative.
    Times are truly hard.

    But who gave approval for the construction of those buildings , to start with?
    Someone, apparently takes bribe, approves construction and innocent small business owners will pay the consequences?

    Government should have a city masterplan and ensure that no one completes a building in illegal locations.

    • Uberhaute looks

      September 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      By the way, govt isn’t killing this madness from the source. Who gave d approval, who sold, who bought etc before it gets to who hired and the person that rented is the one bearing the whole brunt.

    • kilipot

      September 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Exactly…..why not investigate from the top. The one at the last wrung of the ladder suffers most .

  2. Nwa nna

    September 6, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Gosh, which way forward Nigeria? In the midst of a recession our FG has decided to physically decimate SME in spite of the economic havoc being wreaked by poor economic management policies.
    This is the time for the FGN to encourage & drive entrepreneurship rather than discourage or frustrate business owner’s… There’s no winning when it comes to Nigeria walahi

  3. Marlvina

    September 6, 2016 at 12:23 am

    I don tire sef! Sometimes reading all this ridiculous news in Nigeria gives me migraine. Even if one brings in a lawyer into such issues, the govt will always find a way to manipulate the case. It’s so unfortunate. All the same, even if these buildings are destroyed; these businesses and dreams will never die. They can’t kill the dreams and achievements of these entrepreneurs! Bad belle ppl…

    • EC

      September 6, 2016 at 6:35 am

      You are right. They cannot kill the dreams of Chloe’s cupcake or the juice bar in Lagos. This the government want our small business owners to open up shop abroad? I mean look at our economic state.

  4. Dami

    September 6, 2016 at 12:48 am

    It’s not bad belle o. they know it. Stop acting like victims
    This businesses are in illegal or inappropriate locations
    I am all for entrepreneurship but can we do it the right way?
    You can’t bribe your way for everything.
    And as for development control please don’t wait for people to erect their buildings or staRt business before you enforce your laws.
    So many businesses in wuse 11 are just not in the right location .
    Those inappropriate businesses and ilegal structures in Bangui and Banjul streets should go too. E.g. Jevinik restaurant, yoghurberry and co etc.
    Let’s adhere to the masterpan of our beautiful capital Abuja

    • Marlvina

      September 6, 2016 at 10:17 am

      Please when you say “they know it” how do they know it? Are they the land owners or work in the city development council to know which area is deemed illegal to erect structures? Try to be realistic pls. Most of these entrepreneurs rent the shops and even the few that own the building itself, they just buy the land from whoever owns it. Tell me how many people you know who actually in the process of buying land go to the govt council to inquire if the area is legal to build or not or its govt reserved. If only things were done in an organised form in Nigeria by right who ever sells these lands or rents out these shops should show prove of right like a certificate indicating the right to have structures in such locations. The system is messed up. That’s where the problem is. You can’t blame the entrepreneurs, Saying they know it. They are actually victims.

  5. Not Bitter Kola

    September 6, 2016 at 5:37 am

    Hello Chloe, I’m one of your biggest macaroon customers. But you recently changed the baker, as they now taste somehow. Sorry to see this, if only Nulijuice got the 24hrs notice like you did. I heard she was given 10 mins to vacate the premises. So I guess 24 is still better, not justifying whatever is going on though.

    • slice

      September 6, 2016 at 3:01 pm

      Haba salt on wound. U can do better

  6. EC

    September 6, 2016 at 6:33 am

    This angers me. Mr President what are you doing about this? It’s not just enough that you and your family members are financially secure but what about the rest of us? In any reasonable country small businesses are encouraged.

    I blame Mr President, he may not have direct hand in this but he is still our head of state. We voted for change.

    This is too painful.

    • Mtcheww

      September 6, 2016 at 7:15 am

      Until you hold your governors responsible for state issues you will keep sitting there and whining, direct your issues to the appropriate authority. The president cannot respond to every issue in the country and that’s why you also voted in your governors, local government chairpersons etc.

    • tunmi

      September 6, 2016 at 6:23 pm

      Do they even know them? All they know is to call Buhari, it’s infuriating. Call your local people.

  7. Tosin

    September 6, 2016 at 6:49 am

    o da bi wi pe won ti sepe fun awon eleyii pelu ki won maa demolish demolish.

    • Fashionista

      September 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm


    • Californiabawlar

      September 6, 2016 at 1:02 pm

      Won fi demolish shepe fun won ni.

  8. wale

    September 6, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Sme…u need to knw civil servants and salary earners will not like you…. politicians will not like you, bcos they never built anything to get to power….form an association that will fight for you….you are the one dat put your money in business, you go home empty when there is no profit, but government puts nothing into your business and milk you of tax, even if business is bad…you cannot fight government alone, but as an association…..let government know Hw much you contribute to the society tru your association, shot down the economy tru your association

    • ANGRY ME

      September 6, 2016 at 9:18 am

      @ wale u I totally agree with you

  9. Nuli

    September 6, 2016 at 8:40 am

    BN Commenters,
    Nuli took your advice and is now asking for funds and has a crowdsourcing website for people to donate funds. Please if you said you will donate please donate at

    • thief

      September 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Ole ni e
      Some set of people from a particular tribe will never change
      If they ask u to jump inside river/fire,w ill you jump?
      shift jo

    • Naijatalk

      September 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      A completely idiotic statement reflects the mind/ thought process of the source

  10. Great Lady

    September 6, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Chai this is bad news. I’m a huge fan of Chloe’s cup cake haven,I always go there whenever I’m I’m town. I just hope this demolition doesn’t happen. I wonder why there’s a clamp down on small businesses, how person wan survive?

  11. Nene

    September 6, 2016 at 9:49 am

    If your building is up for demolition pls move. When this happens to market people who barely survive, everyone says it’s good. Are those people not part of the SMEs too? Its unfortunate for this to happen to anyone but this won’t be the last we hear of this.

  12. Nene

    September 6, 2016 at 9:53 am

    My advice would be to go to the landowner and collect back you rent. At least you have that option. You can also take the landowner to court. Market people don’t have such options. It’s funny how rich people react when they experience what average Nigerians deal with everyday.

  13. Prince

    September 6, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Buhari has indeed come to destroy this country. My neighbour was telling us the kind of things that happen within 1983-85. This man has nothing good in him and he’s rubbing it off on Nigerians.

  14. Obi

    September 6, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Spoke to a friend of mine that had funds to start a business here in Nigeria and last minute changed his mind and went abroad for masters, finished the masters, worked for a while and is now on the verge of starting that same business abroad, When i read stories like this and the one about NJ last week, i begin to see the sense in the decision my lovely friend took.
    Govt wont provide jobs, they wont provide quality education, they wont even put appropriate structures that wont face demolition years forward but they can destroy and keep for themselves. Is there any going forward in this country? Is there hope? Is there a future?

  15. Nakoms

    September 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

    For your information markets get closed down on a daily in nigeria shops are demolished every other week, IN LAGOS ALONE!

    I took my family to my home town for easter and in the course of play my daughter fell and sustained scratches on her hands and legs. For days she kept showing any body who cared her injuries, almost like a badge of honour. I had to bring in her cousins to show her their scars/medals from playing in same compound.

    There is another phenomenon called KAI where innocent people are arrested and their wares confiscated by the state! It’s existence is not annulled just because it has not happened to you. These people don’t have a voice and don’t have a crowd funding opportunity.Governments need to bring sanity to the environment otherwise the same elite class will always remind us how underdeveloped we are. Like they say lekki and some parts of Ikoyi are Ajegunle on lipstick!

    Moral; interact more within your locality visit your local government offices to do due diligence on your activities. How do you say it in turanchi, environmental impact analysis.

    Stop being a crybaby like my daughter and smell the coffee!

  16. I_I

    September 6, 2016 at 11:29 am

    As much as I feel sorry for these guys, I’m worried that we think its unfair for them to be affected while several thousands of less ‘yuppie’ or non-elites are hit hard everyday in Lagos and Abuja. In these same cities, entire neighborhoods and markets have been mowed down and nothing has happened. Hopefully, these fresh episodes hitting so close to home would nudge us all into taking notice, and voicing out for all.

  17. Chinma Eke

    September 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

    ‘We will diversify the economy! We will build small businesses!’ – Government to the press.
    Government to its operatives- go and demolish all structures. It doesn’t matter what building is on it.
    Businesses are closing everyday and the few managing to survive; our problem is a ‘masterplan’?

  18. adelegirl

    September 6, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Been noticing this about Abuja today. Looks like the FCT Minister finally woke up from his inertia. However instead of making posutive impact, he has started with demolishing. SMH. Talk about a clueless man. Of all the issued in this town, this is what you start with? Please go and fix the Jahi-Katampe road, which houses at least two of your agencies – AGIS and Abuja Enterprise Agency if you don’t know what to do. Nonsense.

  19. I said so

    September 6, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Most time we bame the government for a whole lot of things. I think they should be blamed for some things..but not all.Some abuja residents can bear witness to this.Just take a trip to gwarinpa estate and see for yourself how all the resdential properties are being sold out to business owners who, unfortunately didnt go through the right channel to ensure that the property they bought can be used for commercial purposes or not.3rd avenue is the height.Its a business avenue!!Whereas That estate was commissioned for residential purposes only.The result is that the standard of living has skyrocketted, people have to comb through thier accounts to be able to pay rent for a decent accomodation and not to even talk of security issues..that is for another day.I’m not pointing fingers but prospective business owners should learn from this and do proper research before acquiring any property for business so that in the event of any issues arising in the future they will have some form of right that they can lean on.

  20. Metrocover

    September 6, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Why,will would not stop to get this broken heart news.Bella one day it might just be you too so be ready.How on earth do they expect entrepreneurs with dreams to strife in this baboon work ,monkey chop economy. please some one should come to the rescue of Chloe’s cup cakes.what about the staffs?

  21. Achalugo

    September 6, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Exactly what @nene said! My mum owned 3 shops in Suru Alaba area. All three along with hundreds of other shops were demolished by Lagos state Government in the name of building a proper market and no body said a word. The Govt said they would give compensation to any shop owners who actually had proof of ownership and my mum fell into that category. However, after the “new shops” were built, the govt asked her and all other verify shop owners to pay 1.6 million naira to reclaim their shops. Government for the people!


    September 6, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Like seriuosly a whole lot of things are happening so fast negatively….please lets take things pretty calmly or else the drama will surely implode.

  23. tunmi

    September 6, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    But seriously tho, where are the governors, senators, local Govt council. Where are your local lawmakers?????

  24. Abeg joor

    September 6, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Abeg make I hear word, because it is Chloe cupcake everyone is now showing concern. Truth is, the location is not legal and they demolished it. What do you have to day about those business owners that have same issue, tweeted about it but got no one’s attention. Please let us stop this hypocrisy. Assuming we spoke out for all those with no privilege or let me say no voice, this one wouldn’t be much of an issue. Mtchewwwwww

  25. franny

    September 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    where are the insurance companies? its time to go and do serious marketing. Nigerians do not believe in insurance, people have vehicles, homes businesses with no insurance. This is life this kind of stuff will happen, its always better to be prepared because Naija is a mad house where anything can happen anytime. Good luck to them all

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