Policemen in Lagos State yesterday invaded and sealed up the residence of Hon. Funmilayo Tejuoso on the orders of Governor Ambode.
The policemen, who attacked the longest-serving female honorable in Lagos State did not have any court order but insisted that they would eject the members of the family members of Honorable Tejuoso who reside in the building.
The house, owned by a company but occupied by Honourable Tejuoso is situated at 3A Sasegbon Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos
The policemen, said to have been authorised by the Governor and the Attorney General of Lagos State eventually evicted Tejuoso’s members while some who were adamant were locked inside.
The invasion and eviction were carried out despite the pendency of a court case over the ownership of the property between the Lagos State Government and Honourable Funmilayo Tejuoso at the Lagos State High Court.
Honourable Funmilayo Tejuoso is however outside the country on official assignment and there is no order of court evicting her from the premises or authorising the eviction efforts.
As at press time, members of Tejuoso family who refused to vacate the premises were locked inside by the policemen who attacked one of the neighbours on an attempt to video the incident.
One of the residents of the premises under siege, Jide Olaore, told our correspondent in Lagos that “this is barbarity and executive lawlessness. How can the Governor and his Attorney General defy court proceedings and attempt to evict the owner of a house without a court order.
“Mrs. Tejuoso is not a tenant of Lagos State Government. Her company is the owner of the property. If Lagos State is interested in the property, they should buy it or approach her in a civil way but not to brutalize residents in a brazen show of force.”
“Even if she is a tenant, I believe under the Lagos State Laws, there is a procedure for ejecting tenants,” he concluded.
Another eyewitness told our correspondent that the fierce-looking policemen were armed with heavy guns.
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