The CDA of First Unity Estate Residents Association, Badore, Ajah, has petitioned Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu over the vandalisation of the Lagos state power assets in the community.
The CDA in a petition titled, “ Re-Willful Destruction And Removal Of Lagos State Government Property” signed by its chairman, Mr. Kehinde Odunlami and three executive members namely; Mr. Awolowo Adeoye, Mrs. Abiodun Falomo and Mrs. Onyerionmu Adedigba urged both Governor Sanwo-Olu and Compol Odumosu to intervene and caution Mr. Rufai Ladipo and his cohorts to refrain from any other actions that may threaten the peace within the community and endangers its residents and restoration of the generator house to include the generator as installed by Lagos state government.
According to the CDA, the generator was donated by the Lagos state government during the tenure of Governor Babatunde Fashola to power the street lights that was installed in the community.
Continuing, the CDA said; “ the container which serves as the power house for the street lights was situated on a setback close to the transformer, along Unity Drive after careful and detailed survey of the estate by government officials.
“February this year, Mr. Rufai Ladipo representing the owner of the property behind the container serving as power house for the street lights requested that the container be relocated. He was duly informed that the container and its contents are properties of Lagos state government and was placed there by the government and can only be removed by them or with their expressed permission. We also told him that we cannot identify appropriate site for it.”
The CDA said it was rudely awoken to the news of the power house been gutted by fire on May 20 and promptly reported at the Langbasa Police Station for thorough investigation.
The CDA maintains that this singular and selfish act has thrown the estate into darkness, thereby heightening insecurity in the community.
“Whilst the investigation was still ongoing and despite warnings and cautions from the residents association that it was improper and illegal to tamper with government property, especially property that has become the subject of investigation by the police, Mr. Rufai Ladipo and some cohorts removed the generator cabin and threw it indiscriminately at a location down the street.
“He showed total disregard for the constituted authority of our community, the law, and the state; the fact that the incidence was under investigation was of no effect . He even boasted about how connected he was and how his action would not be meted with any consequences.
“ And we hereby appeal to Lagos state government that he should be cautioned to refrain from other and further actions that threatens the peace within the community and endangers its residents and restoration of the generator house to include the generator as installed by Lagos state government.” The petition reads.