Federal High Court in Lagos queries AMCON over demolition of ex-British Governor-General’s house


The Federal High Court in Lagos has asked the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria to appear before it on July 3 to explain the circumstances leading to the demolition of a property at No 27. Femi Okunnu Street, Ikoyi , Lagos .

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria , Mr Babajide Koku , told Justice Ayokunle Faji that the building served as the residence of former British Governor -Generals in Nigeria , John Macpherson and Arthur Richards .

Koku said the property, which had been a subject of litigation , was pulled down with a bulldozer on June 12 , 2020 , despite the subsisting lawsuit on it .

He said , the demolition was carried out by an assignee of AMCON, notwithstanding the historical significance of the building.

The SAN said , “My Lord , the people that bought this property have pulled it down and they are erecting a new building on it as we speak .

“ On June 12, a bulldozer was mobilised to the site , No 27 , Femi Okunnu Street , Ikoyi , Lagos and it cleared everything there; now they are laying the foundation for another building.

“ What impunity can be more than this ?

Despite that we are before My Lord and instead of everyone to wait for the outcome of this case , AMCON resorted to self – help .

“ The last time something like this happened was during military erra in Odumegwu Ojukwu vs Lagos State. ”

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Koku prayed Justice Faji to make an order that an earlier preservative order of Justice Nicholas Oweibo of the same court be extended till when the matter was disposed of .

But AMCON’ s counsel, Mrs Oladoyin Onanuga, opposed him on the grounds that granting the order would be prejudicial to AMCON .

Justice Faji adjourned till July 3 for AMCON to explain its alleged resort to self – help .

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