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Erstwhile top APC chieftain Dr. Muiz BANIRE, who is a top lawyer and in fact the National Legal Adviser of the ruling party,  is not having it great this time and reason for that is not far-fetched. He had shouted to the world a few days back making certain claims akin to vendetta against himself. His claim was that his Property had been earmarked for demolition and the said demolition might have been via an executive fiat, orchestrated by the Executive Governor of the state, in the person of his excellency, Mr. Akin Ambode and he was given 48 hours to comply.

But contrary to the fact of the matter as stated by Dr. BANIRE, the state government by a statement released just today poo-pooed the alarm raised by the embattled lawyer.

Lagos State Reacts to Dr. Banire’s claim

…Says Planning Permit Request Is Routine, Affects Several Other Houses

…No 48-Hour Demolition Notice Served

The attention of Lagos State Government has been drawn to a statement credited to Mr. Muiz Banire over a routine contravention notice served on a property sited at No. 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, Ikeja GRA, in which Mr. Banire alleged a deliberate target on his newly acquired property.

The State Government wishes to state without equivocation that not only is Mr. Banire trying to be clever by half, but is being childish in whipping up sentiments that his dear aged mother is the target of the said demand for development permit and that the said property might be demolished in 48hours.

In a statement signed on Wednesday by the State’s Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Anifowose Wasiu Abiola, the Government said neither allegation is a sincere reading of the notice served on the property.

The Commissioner clarified that the contravention notices that went out on Wednesday November 15, 2017 were a routine exercise served on properties identified by the state agents as operating without due permits. He said 27 properties were indeed served on that same day, 13 out of which are located on the same Remi Fani-Kayode Street in GRA, Ikeja, where Banire admitted his property was located.

“There is no way Lagos State would have had a pre-knowledge of the owners of the properties in question let alone targeted the one that Banire has identified to be his own”, Anifowose said. He added that aside the 13 houses affected on Fani-Kayode Street, there were a few others in Ikeja GRA and the rest in Ikoyi and Yaba. “The 27 properties served across the state are just the first set of an ongoing exercise embarked upon by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to validate the records and permits of properties that have undergone ownership transfer processes. This is a routine and lawful exercise that ought not to be confusing to a supposedly learned gentleman who has had the privilege of serving in the Lagos State Cabinet for a dozen years”.

More after the break.

The statement said by his admission, Banire agrees that a transfer of ownership on the property he has acquired is indeed taking place and what the Lagos State law demands is a validation of this claim so that the requisite permit on the existing property; an alteration to it or a new construction, as the case may be, may be sought and obtained.

“To suggest that because the transfer of ownership from the federal government to Mr. Banire is yet to be finalized makes him a mere tenant on the property he has acquired is not only disingenuous but is an attempt that is subtly fraudulent. While it is true that every government property sold to individuals or corporate entities is released to the owner on a 99-year lease, no new owner who has bought a property from government deceives the public that he is a mere tenant to the government on an acquired property. Or is Mr. Banire a tenant to the government on the other properties in Ikeja GRA he owns in the state?”

Anifowose also described as deliberate mischief, Banire’s claim that the said property would be demolished within 24hours if the permit was not produced.

The Commissioner said according to the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2010, what a contravention notice demands is evidence of planning permit on the existing structure in order to avoid demolition of what would be deemed a contravention if such a permit is not produced within the stipulated time as required by law.

“The law indeed demands that the property owner in question produces all documents in support of his/her case within 24 hours of the service of the Notice after which any contravention is expected to be removed by the owner within 48hours”

Anifowose clarified that if the owner still refuses to honour such notices; a quit notice will then be issued to the owners of any of such property identified to have contravened Lagos State building plans or failed to provide the necessary documents to back his claims. He added that even after the expiration of the seven-day quit notice, no demolition of such properties can happen till the Governor grants approval. “So, it is patently false that any house has been marked for demolition within 48hours. This is the law that has been in existence since 2010 when Mr. Banire was still a cabinet member in the Lagos State government.”

The statement added that while it was within Banire’s right to identify with any set of cohorts that may be struggling with wanning influence and political relevance, it is a pathetic case of scaremongering to equate his untidy record keeping with political witch-hunting. It is not a sign of maturity to be crying wolf where there is none. Lagos is working excellently well for others to copy because it has stayed faithful to governance guided by the rule of law. Mr. Banire should comply with the rules and not create cheap distractions that are unhelpful”, he stated.





NOVEMBER 15, 2017


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  • Dear God please give Nigeria (the beautiful country with milk and honey) a courageous leader that will take over and stop this ABUSE OF POWER. That will put the country on the right track and get rid of all these recycling piece of shit that is in control of our Dear country. Is just too many of them to start listing names as they all need to be wipe out from the face of the planet.
    From crazy Gov Fayose to a clown and vain Senator by the name – Dino M to get over excited thug Gov by the name – Wike and a troublesome thug Minister by the name – Amaechi and an illiterate drug baron by the name – Kashamu. Dear God, this people do not have the interest of the country in the heart except their own personal interests

  • Banire is a fast fading and expiring politician. His days of TOTAL irrelevance is imminent.
    He's like the provibial rat that won't mind setting the whole house on fire if he doesn't have his way. I weep for a waste of potential he has turned out to be all because of his inordinate ambition to rule Lagos by all means. This is a proof that Lagos dodged a bullet by rejecting him all this while.
    RIP Mr ojukokoro odale Banire, the man that filtered away all potentials at the altar of his inordinate ambition