The Lagos State Government has given the National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, Dr. Muiz Adeyemi Banire, 24 hours notice to produce the planning permit of a house in which his mother, Alhaja Sarat Banire, is staying or risk it being demolished in 48 hours.
Banire raised the alarm in a statement on Wednesday, accusing the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, of vendetta over the issue.
Banire, who is currently on lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia, added that the building, located at 24A, Remi Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, was leased to him by the Federal Government and that he never carried out any structural work on it.
He said: “It behoves me to put the record straight. My siblings and I acquired a lease of the property known as 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos from the Federal Government to serve as residence for my aged mother. The lease covered the 2-bedroom bungalow already on the land together with a boys’ quarter. I did not have any reason to rebuild the house or do any further construction as the place was fit for the purpose for which it was acquired on lease.
“I know that since the creation of the lease, my mother has been living in the said 2-bedroom bungalow without adding a block to the property by way of additional construction, development or alteration save minor renovation like painting. The reasons why we could not develop the property to make it more befitting is that we are still awaiting federal consent to the lease created in my mother’s favour.”
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, attributed the development to his current misunderstanding with the governor of the state. He said having failed to remove him as the National Legal Adviser of the APC, the party to which they both belong, Ambode was now targeting his properties.
He is also alleging that Governor Ambode is not only attacking him but also targeting his supporters adding that the most recent example of such is the invasion of the residence of Hon. Funmilayo Tejuosho which happened recently.
“I had earlier said that the Lagos State government, under the governorship of Akinwunmi Ambode is out on a vendetta and having failed to get me removed as the National Legal Adviser of All Progressives Congress, has targeted my supporters for persecution. The more recent is the invasion and sealing up of the residence of Honourable Funmilayo Tejuoso without a court order and in flagrant disregard to pending proceedings of the Lagos State High Court in a suit instituted by Honourable Tejuoso’s company and the Lagos State Government.
The APC National Legal Adviser however, emphasized that he cannot be intimidated by the governor and that he is ready to institute legal proceedings against the government of Lagos state if it insists on the plan.
He said “I want to sound this note of caution to the Lagos State Government that I am not daunted by all these acts of terrorism which it has embarked upon in recent times. My call for internal democracy in All Progressives Congress, prevalence of rule of law and resistance to imposition came out of personal conviction to serve my creator in all ramifications and at every opportunity”.
“All necessary reactions to the notice have been escalated to both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government as I have caused my lawyers to respond to the notice appropriately. I have no doubt that this latest Gestapo tactic is in furtherance of the political victimization and oppression raging against me and my associates. I am ready for the sacrifice even if I have to in the process sleep on the street of Lagos. Rule of law and institution building remain sacrosanct to me. As far as God continues to protect my life, I will remain resolute on it”.