Governor Ambode reportedly authorised the invasion of the the residence of Hon. Funmilayo Tejuoso yesterday by armed police officers.
It has been reported that the heavily armed policemen did not have court orders however insisted on ejecting Honourable Tejuoso family members. The house is located 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 court case over who owns the property still pending in court between the Lagos State Government and Honourable Funmilayo Tejuoso.
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.