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We Served Contravention and Quit Order to Landlords and Tenants of Demolished Buildings – Lagos State Govt



Following the outrage that came after the demolition of structures in Lagos state two days ago, the Lagos State government has responded by saying that the landlords and the tenants of the buildings have been served contravention and quit order since March.

The Lagos state commissioner of Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde made this known in a series of tweets on Friday evening.

“The demolished building on Rumens Road, Ikoyi was properly served contravention and quit order since March. Both the landlord and tenants.

No structure would have been demolished if it didn’t contravene physical planning laws. Sympathies are Okay, but Lagos State Government will enforce its laws.

Adequate notices were given with documentary evidence. The public deserves to be informed about the law against unapproved structures.

The demolition of certain structures by the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning was carried out because the buildings had no permit,” Ayorinde Tweeted.


  1. Ba

    September 3, 2016 at 10:08 am


    Who’s playing the ignorant card here.

    This is a learning scope for we upcoming start-up. Don’t joke with landed property. Make sure you deserve it, you earn it.

    Upholding law thing

    • slice

      September 3, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Don’t belong him yet. Let him show the evidence. How is it that the customers that went there did not notice this photo evidence. Why not just release the notice you provided? Why wait till they take legal action which we well know most people won’t go that route

    • Bola

      September 3, 2016 at 11:51 am

      You expect them to start releasing pictures of all buildings demolished ? Or you think only that building was demolished because it belonged to an Elitethat came on social media? Many buildings have been getting demolished even in agege so you don’t expect them to start posting all that. Or is this particular case supposed to be given special treatment because people of a certain class were affected ? If they really feel they have a case they will go the legal route, they are educated people with the resources to do so. Let them go have their day in court

    • slice

      September 3, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      Bola yes I do expect any reasonable government to have such evidence and post it if they are to answer a question. He answered and says he has evidence so why not release the papers. Or are we supposed to just believe them. The issue is not whether she’s rich or poor. Forget about her money and just insist that your government follow due process. I wont take her side unless she’s proven right but i won’t take the govts side without evidence either.

      Speaking of which what exactly is the process that govt has published for people to check out the legality of a building before they rent

    • Seriously

      September 3, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Now that the full story is out. The landlords and tenants should take full responsibility. The government gave notice, and March till now is enough time to figure something out. It is what it is, you have to abide by the laws.

    • slice

      September 3, 2016 at 12:31 pm

      Plus didn’t this lady open her shop just a few months ago. Im not sure she was already a tenant in March. If she wasn’t, are we sure he gave her notice just asking

  2. Bubu

    September 3, 2016 at 11:19 am

    I was also surprised that the Govt will just wake up one morning and start demolishing buildings, we Nigerians are also a part of the Govt and the country our attitude and non challance a times is what results in things like this. The landlord should have been held accountable since the notice was served and either they demanded a refund or took the case to court, at least this would have given some sort of relief than this issue. All the best to those affected. Challenges make businesses stronger if we choose to look at the glass half full.

  3. Fani

    September 3, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Where are the article writers and commentators? See how they will avoid this tread. People love to play the victim and Nigerians like to blame the government for everything instead of admitting their own role

    • nene

      September 3, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      dont mind them.

    • Anonymous

      September 3, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      if Nene doesnt hate on a woman that is rich or/and beautiful, who will? Really, you need to be more positive in life.

    • Shuo

      September 3, 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Madam…did you read that the lady only moved there in July? BBC also reported that the one of the tenants paid their rent only one day before the demolition. So clearly these are not the tenants that were informed. Please learn to pay attention to little details..

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      September 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      So Ada knew her building was marked for demolitionwith “X” and still went ahead to pour her money and resources into it? Yeah right. Government can lie sha.

    • Seymour

      September 3, 2016 at 10:28 pm

      But her landlord did. LASG is not to blame. Yes, she’s your friend but be objective.

    • Sigh!

      September 4, 2016 at 12:13 am

      Maybe she didn’t know, but her landlord knew, had received notice. So why you go around making noise and speaking poorly about the government, maybe you should ask your friend if she did her due diligence before she rented her space.
      We Nigerians are always very quick to blame the government, maybe we should spend some time reflecting inwards before crying wolf…just maybe the pen and paper (aka social media) isn’t always the best solution in the interim.

  4. I said what I said

    September 3, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Suddenly its so quiet in here.
    Awon elitist social justice warriors forming faux outrage yesterday come and comment o!
    Not forgetting the busybodies that were planning on opening a Gofundme account for her. Pls don’t turn a blind eye, we need your inputs.
    Ada Osakwe, Nigeria is not finished, your branch on Rumen street is finished.
    Next time you will do the right thing.

    • Mr. Egghead

      September 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Bros, if you want to form Voltron with ‘authentic outrage’ for the demolished shops in Okokomaiko, Ijora Badia et al, nobody is stopping you.

      Who you don epp sef?

    • The Real Oma

      September 3, 2016 at 12:22 pm

      Do you have something against Ada Osakwe? if not why the seeming glee that her business place was demolished? I live on Olawale Daodu and my compound shares a fence with the demolished shops which includes Nuts about Cakes and NULI’s and not once did i notice any mark or sign on any of the structures. Besides Nuli’s opened less than two months ago, have you thought also that it is possible she had no knowledge of the notice that was supposedly issued in March?
      Don’t rejoice at other people’s misfortunes, my dear, it could be any of us. And if you have something against Ada, take it up with her and stop hiding behind a keyboard…

    • Rain

      September 3, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      You are a horrible horrible person @I said what I said. You rejoice at someone else’s misfortune because you believe she is a so called ‘elite’? Really?
      For your information
      Being able to own a business is not equal to being rich or elitist
      Schooling out of the country does not equal to being rich or elitist (Some parents have sold every asset they have to invest in good education for their kids. Others have been fortunate to receive scholarships from the institutions they attended or just maybe, they worked their way through college/university)
      And even if in this case, Ada Osakwe is doing better than others, does that make her a bad person? Her parents might be well off but did she choose the circumstances of her birth?
      To assume that she didnt do the right thing just because she is well off is a shortsighted narrative that you tell yourself and has no factual basis. You know deep down, it is just based on ‘hate’.
      This reverse discrimination has got to stop. Everyone is a human being first regardless of background or social status. Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated until they have given you a reason not to.
      Please re consider this your comment. Jealousy, hate and envy only hurts you not the object of such bad sentiments.

    • Fifi

      September 3, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      You think educated people like the Nuli chic or the Nuts about Cake chic will delibrately rent a place marked for demolition? Abeg use your common sense here

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      September 3, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      “Ada Osakwe, Nigeria is not finished, your branch on Rumen street is finished.
      Next time you will do the right thing.”

      Correction: Her business is not finished, they are taking online orders currently and they have a branch in Abuja. But again freedom of speech … you have the right to say what you want.

    • Seymour

      September 3, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Ok dude, seriously? She said her branch on rumens not her business, so what are you correcting?? Lmao

    • Naijatalk

      September 3, 2016 at 9:08 pm

      Wicked soul

  5. Tosin

    September 3, 2016 at 11:57 am

    They should sue. You should not have taken down their buildings. It happens a lot, but it’s still, how do we say it “Bar_baric?” 🙂 Sue and sue and keep suing.

  6. Thatgidigirl

    September 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    So was it a case of illegal structures or 40million in unpaid taxes by the landlord as quoted yesterday?…..going to check my fence now ??????

  7. Weezy

    September 3, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Why does he not post the pictures on twitter? I am skeptical

    • Not Weezy

      September 4, 2016 at 12:14 am

      Have you considered that he is posting from his phone and the pictures might be on a computer?????

  8. Meee

    September 3, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Also remember that Nigerian politicians ALWAYS lie!!!! There is a possibility that the buildings were never marked

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      September 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      Thank you o. Could not have typed it better.

    • Me

      September 4, 2016 at 12:15 am

      There is a possibility that they just serviced the landlord notices. Didn’t they talk about enforcing “post no bills”?

  9. barrister jumoke

    September 3, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    enough about the government, it was obvious ADA’S landlord was given a notice and he still went ahead to rent the place to her… the landlord must be held accountable, that is corruption, Ada can we know the name of the landlord so we can start from there… I love case like this and an willing to be your lawyer on this one

    • Tosin

      September 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

      i want to know YOUR name and what qualification you have.

    • slice

      September 4, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      You are nit a good lawyer. No good lawyer will say anything she has no first hand or evidentiary knowledge of is obvious. Sit back and learn something before you hurt someone

  10. TRUTH

    September 4, 2016 at 12:25 am

    If Nigeria is finished, why is Ada Osakwe opening shop in a “finished country”? The joker!! All this cry for publicity, I trust Nigerians, she’s on her own… Nigeria is not finished!!!! Move out of a finished country to an unfinished country!!!
    Whoever wrote the article is actually funny,
    1. What does she being a “Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow of the Africa Leadership Institute and a fellow of the African Leadership Network (ALN)” have to do with being in an ILLEGAL land? It’s more of a SHAME!!!
    2. Is she the only person that her building was demolished?
    3. If not, why is she making it ALL about her?!

  11. Santa

    September 4, 2016 at 3:59 am

    We all know Lagos is the centre for illegal structures. Right from the purchase of the land most people knew they are not suppose to build house there. Pls let the govt do there work now

  12. E

    September 4, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Lagos State government will NEVER demolish a building without serving all the necessary papers to occupiers of buildings contravening the building plan approval. I know this for a fact. Anyone so passionate about this case can visit the Lagos state ministry of physical planning and Urbandale development at alausa Ikeja to make enquiries, trust me you’ll be attended to. Those calling for a release of such documents are jokers, who has time to answer every Tom dick and Harry online the commissioner has said it all. My sympathy to the business owners

  13. ...just saying

    September 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Okechukwu, Ole boy! You get time sha! Making this all about Ada is doing her no good at all. Shoot, the rest of the tenants have come together without including her in their first tweet, We know you’re crushing on her and all but biko take chill pills. Face the issues and stop taking sole sides.

  14. loli

    September 4, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Please who is fighting for the road side vendors whose shops have been demolished? Who is trying to open a go fund me account for them? I was surprised at the outpouring of love on Ada’s case…but really, who cares about the market women on the streets? Obviously no one.

  15. TRUTH

    September 5, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Okechukwu Ofili aka Nuli Juice Spokesperson, please get a life!!!! If she’s taking orders online, what’s the bruhahaha? You better be an investor if not, get a JOB!!!!!

  16. Laura

    September 6, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    and if that building belonged to the high and mighty………..?

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