Kelly Igberhi, a blind comedian popularly known as Kelly Blind and 800 landlords in Glorious Villa Estate, Awoyaya, Ibeju Lekki has dragged the Lagos State government to court over the illegal demolition of their houses.
Kelly Blind and the landlords are seeking N8billion as damages against the Lagos State Government for rendering them homeless.
Joined in the suit as co-defendants are Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences and Skye Trustee Limited.
Counsel to the plaintiffs, Ike Nzetah told reporters immediately after filing the suit yesterday that the action of the Lagos State Government came as a shock to his clients since a court judgment had put to rest the ownership of the land in which their houses were built.
Nzetah stated that the land in issue had been earmarked for public use earlier by Brigadier General Kubwa Maruwa administration as a Governor of Lagos State but that it was never fully converted before transmission of power to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
He noted that when Tinubu became governor of Lagos State, the land was given to Skye Trustee Ltd but the owners went to court to challenge the government decision.
According to him, Justice Oyebanji of a Lagos High Court on December 12, 2014 gave judgment in favor of the family who sold the land to landlords of Glorious Villa Estate.
He stated that the judgment nullified Skye Trustee Ltd Certificate of Ownership having not satisfied the provisions of section 286 of the land use act 1978.
Narrating his ordeal, Kelly Blind stated that mobile policemen attached to Lagos State Task force gave him a thorough beating after breaking into his house worth over N28million.
According to him, the task force officials completely demolished his disabled friendly bungalow without allowing him to recover anything.
Kelly pointed out that the mobile policemen also imprisoned him and others in the estate while carrying out the demolition which lasted for four days.