Fresh facts have emerged on the disputed ownership of 3, Sasegbon Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos property between Lagos State government and four-time Lagos Assembly lawmaker, former Deputy Speaker, Hon. Funmi Tejuoso following her forceful ejection on Thursday.
The property which until her ejection served as Tejuoso's office was her official quarter while serving as the Deputy Speaker before her impeachment. Tejuoso, according to the Code of Conduct was expected to vacate the property. According to an insider who craved anonymity, she used her company to buy it after the then Speaker and Governor had emphatically responded that an official quarter of the Deputy Speaker could not be sold to her, a move they claimed was against the Code of Conduct rules. Her refusal to quit denied subsequent Deputy Speakers use of the official residence for the past seven years.
The state government in its drive to implement the report of the panel of inquiry into the sale of its assets in prime areas sold below market value or occupied illegally, began moves to eject and retrieve such illegal occupants after several notices to quit were ignored.
Among the affected 100 illegal occupants is the former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Funmilayo Tejuoso, who occupied 3, Sasegbon Street, GRA Ikeja, Lagos as her official quarter when she was the Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Contrary to media reports that Tejuoso owned the property, the insider hinted E247mag.com that the former Deputy Speaker occupied the property while she was in the office and was expected to quit the residence following her impeachment. Her attempt to buy the property was refused.
In her desperate bid to acquire the property, she moved her company to the property, denying successive Deputy Speakers the right to occupy their official residence. Unfortunately for her, her stealthy bid to buy the house failed because she could not complete the payment.
"For seven years, Hon. Funmi Tejuoso did not pay rent or made any genuine move to buy the property. She appropriated it to her personal use, running her company there which at best made her an illegal occupant or a trespasser.
She is not a tenant as she has not been paying any rents on the property. Neither is she a licensee as she has no licence from the owners of the property to occupy same.
"Rather than attempting to distort the story, her spinners in the media should seek the other side and publish accurate accounts," a reliable source hinted E247mag.com.
The source further hinted that the manner of claiming ownership of such properties which were either cheaply sold and sometimes outrightly given out with no recourse to principles, informed the official directive to recover the houses from illegal occupants.
On the part of Hon. Tejuosho, the source further disclosed that she has ignored several letters sent to her to vacate the property for another Deputy Speaker, rather, she headed to the court to prove the property has been sold to her company. The case, the source stated has since been struck out of court.
The recent move to retrieve such houses according to the source is unconnected to the committee constituted and mandated last year to recover government properties either illegally appropriated by former office holders or sold at ridiculous prices.
From the committee's reports submitted, not a few past and current government officials are said to be affected by the directive.
While Hon. Tejuosho alleged Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was behind the move to evict her, the source claimed she had apparently ignored the fact that the Lagos State Assembly is the custodian of the property.
She was advised to direct her cries to the right quarters.
The source gave instances of the residence of the current Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule.
Dr. Idiat Adebule resides at the same Ikoyi residence formerly occupied by two former Deputy Governors-Mrs Sarah Sosan and Mrs. Adejoke Orelope Adefulire.
"What if Sosan and Adefulire had bought the official residence of the Deputy Governor through a private company?"
All attempts to speak with the four-time lawmaker proved abortive as she was said to have gone on assignment abroad while The Lagos State Information and Strategy Commissioner was also not available for comments. The Chairman House Committee on Information, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh, also not in the country speaking to E247Mag.com on phone, said he was oblivious of the development.