- The frequency of quack property developers in Lagos State has reached an unfortunate height. Just when we thought the issue of landlord, tenants and land-grabbers has been reduced owing to Lagos State’s specific laws and processes, Property development in Lagos State is now a profession for every Tom, Dick and Harry.
Their nefarious activities, geared towards aggressive bullying with thugs and state institution to perpetuate their acts on the targeted families, have murdered the good works and reputation of the profession.
This issue came to the fore on Tuesday when Some women cried out to the Lagos State Government to intervene in their situation as one Olatunji Ajasa, who tags himself a developer and a relation of the Royal Ajasa family in Lagos, childhood friend to Governor Babajide Sanwo -Olu and a close friend to Lagos state Commissioner of Police Mr Musiliu Smith, is reported to have forcefully taken over their property situated at 56 Old Yaba Road, Adekunle Bus stop, Yaba, Lagos, and is allegedly undertaking an illegal construction work there.
According to a family representative, Mrs Kehinde Olaniyan, she went there to challenge the activities of the developer on the site but was met with stiff resistance from some fierce looking thugs stationed as security. She managed to speak with the developer, and he claimed to have acted on instructions from Yinka Idowu and Dotun Idowu who he said have handed the property to him.
From the project Board erected on the site, with building file number YAB/EPPO/2021/148M/140, it was observed that the project Architect is one Shotech Consult, while the project engineer is one Olatunji Ajasa with office at 22, Branco Street, Lagos Island.Our findings revealed that the company name “Shotech Consult” upon which the developer was granted the building approval is not registered under Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC (see attached result from search below).
Worst of it is the fictitious address provided by the project engineer which our investigation revealed has no connection with the company at all. All efforts to gather more information on the company through available institutions and search engines proved abortive as there is no such name as Shotech Consult (Fake).
Speaking on behalf of the family, Mr. Muyiwa Idowu, while shedding more light into the unfolding issue, disclosed that a petition has been forwarded to the office of the General Manager of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) while also urging the body to quickly intervene into the matter and halt the ongoing illegal construction work going-on on the site and investigate how Ajasa was granted planning permission with an unregistered company.
Idowu wondered how a construction company could be operating in Lagos without being duly registered under CAC and with no proper traceable record suggesting money mugger and lack of care to Lagosian life which explains why collapse building is on the rampant in Lagos
He also urged Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to regularize the activities of developers in the state similar to the tenancy law to provide checks and balances into the menace of such developers.