A viral photo of some Nigerian customs officials, forcefully evicted from the flats has surfaced on the internet
According to online sources, the incident occurred at Gowon Estate, Egbeda, Lagos and the customs officials whose families were victims of the eviction, were recently transferred to other states and given a month notice to move out of their current apartments.
At the expiration of the notice, families of the custom officials have been sent packing with nowhere to turn to.
This is coming shortly after a widow accused Customs boss, Hameed Ali, of taking over family property. The 55-year-old mother of seven sons and one daughter had never imagined the travails she is currently passing through, eight years after the death of her husband, Edunjobi.
She had never envisaged that even though she had a house, for the very first time in many years, she would be living like a homeless person, thrown out onto the streets of Lagos.
“I’ve never imagined I’d be experiencing the situation I’m in right now because of some people who have made themselves lords over ordinary citizens like me,” she said while crying.
Ogundare’s trouble started on March 7, 2018, when she received a letter from L’avocat Legal Practitioners, purportedly the lawyers of the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Col. Hameed Ali (retd.).
The letter stated that the Ogundares should vacate their family’s two-plot property at Ocean Palm Estate, Egan Ogombo Village, Eti-Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State seven days from the date it was written.
The letter read, “Our client has informed us about encroachment and settlement on his above stated property by squatters and miscreants without his knowledge and consent. Our client also informed us about the untoward activities being perpetrated by the said illegal occupants on his property which has threatened and disturbed his peaceful possession and enjoyment of his property.
“In view of the foregoing, we have our client’s express instructions to any illegal occupant, squatter and/or to whom it may concern to immediately vacate our client’s above stated property within seven days of the receipt and/or pasting of this letter on the property.
“Take notice that in the event that this notice is not complied with within the above stipulated period, immediate actions to secure our client’s undisturbed enjoyment of his property would be taken without further recourse to any person found on the property.”