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Less than 24 Hours Later … Government is Breaking Down Shops along Banex Express in Wuse II, Abuja – Poised to Demolish Chloe’s Cupcake Heaven



Yesterday evening, bakery and cafe Chloe’s Cupcake Heaven in Abuja got a demolition notice after 5 years in business – Click here if you missed the news.

Less than 24 hours later, the owner and supporters have set up a peaceful protest on the premises. The government has started breaking down neighboring structures already. Hear from the owner about what’s going on –

Here are photos from the ongoing demolition –Banex Express Abuja_demolish 1

Banex Express Abuja_demolish 2

Banex Express Abuja_demolish 2_chloes cupcake heaven

Credit: | @eddiemadaki @chloescupcakeheaven


  1. Ibinabo

    September 6, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Just speechless… business owners need to protest this ongoing wicked act of the FG before they sweep out all SMEs. #WhichWayNigeria?

  2. EE

    September 6, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    That they set up a peaceful protest is great, also tells me their lawyer told them they have no locus standi for an injunction or grounds to sue for damages AKA they broke the law and its caught up.

    They did consult their lawyers right??

  3. temi

    September 6, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    I am sorry but what will her crying solve? Shouldnt she find out why the shops are being demolished in the first instance? I will never understand Nigerians, Govt dont do their job, you complain, now they are doing their job, you are still complaining. I bet she has not bothered to find out why shops are being demolished in that area to start with. She probably never did her due dilligence five years ago! Typical Nigerian behaviour, always crying foul.

    • Confuzzled

      September 6, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      How insensitive. Should she smile? If you were in her shoes and 5 years of your hard work was about to be destroyed, would you laugh? When something bad happens, its human to cry OK?

      Do you know what investigations she’s conducted outside social media, or are you assuming the few seconds of video she’s posted online encapsulates all her actions? Don’t rush to comment on things before thinking it through OK?

  4. Nene

    September 6, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    this is sad, but please just pack your things and move before they destroy any valuables. people have died from heart attacks, people have committed suicide because of the shock of coming to work to find their shops destroyed and burned down with goods worth a lot. Face the landlord now, and sue! This should be a warning to all people who pay for goods or services in Nigeria, please do a lot of research before paying for anything in Nigeria. We need better laws and transparency. it cuts across every sector, from food, fashion to real estate. I want these landlords to be taught a lesson, and government too, if they are wrong.

    • Ada

      September 6, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      Is there anywhere in Nigeria where one can find out if a structure is illegal ? Do research do research? How? For Naija?! Madam show some compassion

    • haba na

      September 6, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Ada, yes!
      There are agencies to verify that.

      Forget going to these agencies sef, even when you try building something, those you met around that vicinity will hint/tell you the history and all you need to know.

    • nene

      September 6, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      please shut up. if you like don’t ask questions, and do research, you are on your own.

    • aliyu sanni

      September 7, 2016 at 2:41 pm

      Development control zone 6

  5. keeks

    September 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    did you proof read this before you you spewed it online? seriously! you want her to hold a magazine at them? you think from the moment that notice was placed to this very minute she hasn’t frantically made calls to know why this is happening? really??? iya temi! na yu b d correct guy#inMI’svoice

  6. Kunle

    September 6, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    And they want young Nigerians abroad to come home and start businesses and then crush their dreams years later? I can never understand how Nigeria can get better!!!

  7. haba na

    September 6, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Haba na

    even just driving thru this area i know it is an illegal structure.
    What majority of them do is a make shift venue so that when the AEPM/AMMC comes, they move and carry what they can carry.

    Cup cake, can you vouch you dont know that place you are is illegal? Except you dont stay in Abuja, that is when you will cry foul

    Even H-MEDIX and co along old sahad-new-garki market complex- zenith bank route, they sealed off those places as they opened up gates leading to the express.

    Can you go create a makeshift anywhere on London street or US? Why do we like criticizing the government for everything. Do we want every part of Nigeria to be like a slum/ghetto? Went to Lagos the other day and had it to the neck. Marina oh, see make shift houses under the bridge, everywhere smelling….if they want to demolish now, people will still cry foul

    And b4 you think i am a hater, i had a makeshift place as well that was into all kinds of computer services and other shops to let. I knew it wasn’t a permanent place but we were just using for the main time. Even though the day they will come demolish, we weren’t aware but my sales boy had to get everything out b4 they got to them

  8. Dami

    September 6, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Ahh!..welcome development.
    Please let’s leave the government to do the right thing
    Stop crying foul. They are doing their work
    Now waiting for them to come to Bangui and Bangui streets in Wuse 2 and Gwarinpa and other areas.
    If you wanna do business do it right
    #sanity must return to Abuja

    • keke driver

      September 6, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      ARE YOU SANE AT ALL? You think it’s right to demolish people’s properties in less than 24 hours notice? Without giving them the opportunity to find somewhere else? or would this confused government of yours provide capital for them to relocate? Please think with your head not your fingers.

    • AdaM

      September 6, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Very silly write up. Did the businesses renting these spaces build them? These are just vindictive people out to hurt. I live in Abuja and if you build anything contrary to what you presented in your building plan to AMAC or FCDA they will mark you immediately. Chloe’s cupacake Heaven was I think the first business to move into that mall when it was completed years ago. Have AMAC or FCDA for the past 5 years been blind? I don’t get it. Muna is a Lawyer and ofcourse will know what is legal and illegal. This is just wickedness to say the least.

    • Martin

      September 20, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Do you in all honesty think 24 hour notice is enough? I have seen structures in Maitama and some areas in the same Wuse 2 where this business is situated given 72hrs ultimatum before demolition (which never happened after-all) why will this be a 24hour window? Since 24 hours is such a suitable time frame to turn things around Why have the Government not used 24 hours to return the exchange rate of dollar/Pounds and Euro against the Naira to a more recognizable value? Please the Government have more serious economical problems to tackle instead of causing more problems by sending people out of jobs as a resultant effect of senseless demolition exercises. How about the street lights and traffic lights in Abuja they are all in deplorable states, sands on the major road, flowers and ornamental trees not being maintained the worst is the bad smell that has engulfed the city as a result of bad sewage and drainage systems, or should I talk about the deforestation of the city without planting new trees to replace the one they have cut down and the logs of wood sold.
      The Cow situation has become a norm.
      Abeg there are other important things they can do which will confirm that they are serious about the beauty of the city then we will understand the need for the demolition of illegal structures with a fair warning and time frame to let the affected people move their hard earned belongings.

  9. Damilola

    September 6, 2016 at 5:36 pm

    Nigeria, get ready for a silent/passive dictatorship. Nigerian government is NOT to be trusted. Do not take their sudden actions lightly. There’s more to this.
    They are not doing anything do revive the economy but taking actions to destroy private businesses. I hope there’s more international outcry with the direction Buhari is taking Nigerja.

  10. tunmi

    September 6, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    These comments are getting interesting. Who is actually on the ground in Naija and who is looking from far away?


    September 6, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    My God, How can SMEs survive???

  12. zinny

    September 6, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Dear govt.if you want to us to have a better environment in abuja biko start by making ur street lights function at night,the streets and highways look so scary at night,to think its called the federal capital teritory

  13. KIMONO

    September 6, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I will continue to write sai change until Nigerians realize they made the biggest mistake of their lives. From a Clueless GEJ to an even more CLUELESS BUHARI!

    • teetee

      September 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      ur thinking is very low…when elrufai was demolishing did u disappear into thin air….or was cupcake blind when she paid for rent? dnt blaming other for ur mistakes d own of dat property knows it is illegal structure

  14. mamaisabel

    September 6, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Would they have demolished these shops if they were owned by foreigners?!

    • Naijatalk

      September 6, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Good question

  15. Roma

    September 6, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    Yes they would have still destroy the illegal buildings.
    I saw the pictures online, we don’t need four eyes to know that those buildings were illegal.
    Those shops owner knew very well what they were signing in for.

  16. KIMONO

    September 6, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Bellanaija…. did you use my comment to chop akpu?

  17. Angel

    September 6, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    I sympathise with her.

    This is abuja and we all know the demolition team don’t play. Some years back my mom purchased the government house she was living in and decided to pimp it up. Big mistake! The BQ she started to put up was demolished just when she had reached roof level.

    Reason: locations have a master plan and in some cases building design plan. BQ was not part of hers.

    People now can proudly say they reside in Utako district, nice enough part of the city.
    As at 2003. I assumed Utako was a slum!!! Patched up makeshift structures with zinc roofing sheets.
    El-rufai earned himself a bad name by cleaning that place up. He was dubbed the ‘Demolition man’. They rained curses on his generation.
    But today abuja is better for it.

    My conclusion: please do your findings! Abuja has a master plan that’s not changing. Before renting or purchasing any property visit FCDA, AGIS and AMAC for your own good.
    Too many people have been burned. And note, your landlords and agents and sellers only care about the money entering their pockets. Verify on your own PLEASE!!!

  18. Bibi

    September 6, 2016 at 8:50 pm

    Sadly with every new govt, they get their own slice of Abuja. Very few buildings are set in stone. It’s only by Faith in GOD can anyone be exempt from this revenge govt.

  19. artklub

    September 6, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    They should have given them more notice. This is discouraging to small businesses.

  20. Wendy

    September 6, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    My own take is that there is a time for everything. Government is in the right on this matter but with the state of economy, all government institution who have one thing or the other to enforce should back off until the economy bounces back. So many people, businesses and families are tied to one business. There is the business owner and their family, employees and their family, suppliers and their family. My goodness, doesn’t any one think in this country. So what the building is illegal, is this the right time to go around bulldozing buildings. As long as it is not doing harm to anyone now or in the near future, there is no need to touch these businesses FOR NOW.

    When the recession hit the US, who caused it, the US banks. Do you think the government went around shutting down banks, No. Instead they forced, yes forced the bank to accept interest free loan from the government, without conditions on how to spend it, so they wont have an excuse not to lend money to business. The world economy is in a rot, but the US economy has fared better than most because of the action of government. I don’t know what kind of government we have, there is no strategy to anything. I tire ooh jare.

  21. Ayi

    September 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    @ Wendy
    Nope-let them do their work. These inappropriate business locations have gone outta hand.
    They need to be set straight ASAP so that it will be a deterrent to those doing business without consideration of others or the law.
    Everyone who has lived in Abuja for a while knows that the law will definitely catch up with you especially when you least expect it…You cant bribe your way forever
    please lets return law and order to our city

  22. esteem

    September 7, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Temi and Dami, you guys are inconsiderate fools, do you know how many families feedings that are tied to this building and the businesses in it? How would they survive, what is their possibilities of having another capital to pay for another new rent? Had it been any of their sons or daughters owns any business there i believe they will not demolish it till another regime. I am not saying they shouldn’t destroy illegal building but they should have given them prior notification for at most six months since they know they are not going to compensate anybody.

  23. omo

    September 7, 2016 at 8:56 am

    This structures are illegal and that’s the truth.My issue is what happens to the FCDA staffs who collect ‘bribes’ from land owners for this structures to be erected?with the former FCT minister as their ‘gang leader’?They just walk away free of chargeafter taking millions of naira from these people.
    As much as they are demolishing,they should also look inwards and prosecute all those involved.

    • tunmi

      September 7, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      The people who paid the bribes have to publicly male their accusations.

  24. ella

    September 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    May God help us in this trying times and insensitive government…Nigerians have never had it so bad, what have we done to deserve such brutality from our protectors?God help us and for those supporting this move,i pray our livelihood will be taken away from you.

  25. dika

    September 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    There are a lot of things crying out for attention in Abuja. Indeed, people now jokingly refer to the FCT as the Federal Cow Territory. Street lights and traffic lights are not functioning. Potholes are beginning to spring up everywhere. Open drains and manholes which constitute hazards to drivers are abandoned. Blocked sewages which spill shit all over are there crying for attention. It is to go and compound the woes of innocent investors that the government thinks is the most pressing need. Aso-Rock Villa and Abuja National Stadium are also illegal. Let them go and pull them down as well. Nonsense!!

  26. Suweddy

    September 7, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    I sympathize with Chloe’s cupcake but then, they knew this would come… Landlords along broad street in Abuja erect illegal structures and AMMC boys are ready to give you fake documents because the landlord wants to have their way. Innocent residents fall prey to greedy landlords… No protest will avert the obvious… My Take … Hold your landlord… Carry out diligent investigation next time

  27. OA

    September 7, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Whether illegal or not…there is something called due process. Giving a business owner or any one at all for that matter 24 hours to evacuate a building is W-R-O-N-G! Even if they would still demolish at the end of the day for the illegal structure, 30 days would be reasonable enough to allow the business owners time to move. That is why I don’t understand how we think in Nigeria. Just because someone did not do their “due diligence” does not mean they should not have rights. After all, what was the government doing for the last five years. What? They woke up one morning and decided to be “tractor” happy? The key is not to create a hardship for our citizens or small business owners. Na wah oh! Now, to play devil’s advocate – are we sure the occupants of the mall had not previously been warned about moving? Because you know we Naija people like to demonstrate “strong head” aka shantgree!

  28. Martin

    September 20, 2016 at 9:24 am

    You are a mad fellow. Perhaps you haven’t earned a dime in your life from a genuine business that’s why you are talking like a retard. Even if the structure is an illegal one is 24 hours an ideal time for a business owner to pack up his/her belongings before the demolition commences,

  29. adeniyi Joseph owoniboy

    March 27, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    the 24hrs may be the last notice has first notice of 21days and second notice pasted before the eviction

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