The Lagos State High Court in Ikorodu has ordered the demolition of 53 structures built on an expanse of land acquired by the Federal Government for the Nigerian Telecommunication Limited in the Ikorodu area of the state.
PUNCH Metro had reported that some former workers of NITEL and its erstwhile mobile subsidiary, the Nigerian Mobile Telecommunications, and other beneficiaries, whom the land was allocated to, were being allegedly threatened by a Lagos family.
The allottees were said to have formed a group, the NITEL/MTEL Landlords Association, which instituted an action in court against the family, but suspected land grabbers allegedly encroached on the land and sold some part to unsuspecting people at ridiculous prices.
It was learnt that those who purchased land from the land grabbers built structures on it against the order of Justice I. B. Lawal-Akapo, who had prohibited construction works on the land pending the determination of the substantive suit.
The judge was said to have delegated a team made up of the Assistant Court Registrar, officials of the state ministries of Environment and Physical Planning and Urban Development as well as the claimants’ and defendants’ lawyers, accompanied by men of the Lagos State Police Command, to inspect the land to ascertain the number of structures built on it against the court’s instruction.
At the end of the inspection, 53 of such structures were identified and marked for demolition.