Lagos bizwoman in tears over property demolition notice

A businesswoman, identified simply as @lashiskin_ on Instagram, has been traumatised after a demolition notice was issued by the Lagos State Government on the building her family purchased in the Eti Osa Local Government Area of the state.

The fair-skinned lady, who, based on her Instagram profile, indicated that she was into the skincare business, was seen shedding tears uncontrollably over the development in a viral video she posted on her page late Sunday.

In the video, the businesswoman was heard lamenting that her family purchased the property in February 2024, adding that all their hard work was expended on its purchase.

She said, “We bought our property in February and we have only been there for two months. All the hard work, all the sleepless nights, everything… If you are in Lagos, you know how much property in Eti Osa costs.

“Each time my son sees me crying, he always asks me why I am crying: ‘Mummy, you’ve been crying.’ How do I explain this to my son? How? What do I tell my children?

“I am trying to be a strong woman but this is very painful and I don’t wish anybody pain like that. I don’t wish anybody to work so hard, so tirelessly and face something like this. I don’t.”

A screenshot showing what was inscribed on the wall of the building was also seen in the video. Details of what was inscribed on the wall of the building read: “Eti-Osa LG. 07-05-24. Remove.”

Reacting to her post on Instagram, one Olabimpe Adeyemi, using her handle, @olabimpeadeyemi_, appealed to the businesswoman to take things easy because of her children.

“Oh God!! So sorry, Lashi. Please take it easy for the sake of your children. You are alive, and you will get more properties in your desired places. Dead people don’t buy properties. Please take care of yourself! Sorry, dear,” Adeyemi wrote.

Another handle, @myfavouritead, while reacting to the businesswoman’s ordeal, wrote, “Hello. Have you thought about the possibility that the previous owners were notified and sold the property as a result? The former owners may have transferred the liability to you. Consult a lawyer.”

Chijioke Ojukwu, using his handle, @cjojukwu, in his reaction, said the demolition notice signified that the seller had no valid title to transfer the property to the businesswoman.

“Go after your developer. It means he has no valid title to transfer to you and the warranty of no encumbrance and adverse consequences have been violated,” Ojukwu noted.

Commenting on the case, a lawyer and rights activist, Inibehe Effiong, said before purchasing a property, especially in a commercial environment like Lagos, due diligence should be conducted to ascertain not only that the property had good title or that the intending seller had good title, but also that there was no encumbrance on the property.

He said, “Have you seen the demolition notice? What was the reason given for the planned demolition by the government? That is what would determine the legality of the demolition. We have to ascertain why the property is being marked for demolition.

Credit: Punch

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