Lagos big boy and Property Developer, Femi Osibona has been dragged to the Nigerian Police over allegations bothering on indebtedness to the tune of N40 Million and threat to life.
Circumstances leading to the development were chronicled in a petition addressed to the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 2, Onikan, Lagos written by Muyiwa Olusa & Co on behalf of Ms Bukola Odusanwo, which was dated 31st July, 2013.
It was alleged in the petition signed by the principal partner Muyiwa Olusa that Bukola Odusanwo had been contracted through her organization, Pro-consult LLC Global Ltd, to provide facilities management services for Shalom Properties located on 2/4 Moslet Road off Gerrard Road, Ikoyi, Lagos consisting of 36 (thirty six) flats and four penthouses.
Pro-consult LLC Global Ltd was said to have commenced operation in August 2012 and ‘has diligently provided the services.’
It was however alleged that despite the diligent provision of its services, some occupiers and the owners of the flats and penthouses have failed, refused and neglected to pay for the services.
“As a result of non-payment for the services, the company had incurred a huge debt totaling about N40 Million (Forty Million Naira only) arising from purchase of diesel, maintenance of generators, maintenance of lift, cleaning of the premises, provision of security services and payment of staff salary, which is still outstanding for five months,” the petition read.
According to the petitioners, efforts made to get the occupiers of the buildings including Mr. Femi Osibona, who happens to be the Developer of the Property, and who is the Managing Director of Fourscore Properties Limited, and who equally occupies some flats and a penthouse in the property to pay for the services provided by the company, were met with rebuttal.
A twist was said to have been introduced into the whole matter, when Osibona and two other occupiers of the properties, Chima Anyanso and Mohammed Garuba allegedly threatened to dispense with and eject the company from the premises without paying the cumulative debt of about N40 Million owed the company.
It was stated in the petition that on 30th July, 2013 at about 9pm, the premises was invaded by MOPOL from Squadron 22, who ejected the staff of the company.
Bukola, who was said not to be around at that time, was promptly notified and was reported to have confronted the MOPOL by questioning their proprietary right to invade the premises and the MOPOL were said to have left the premises afterwards.
“Not satisfied with this action, our client informed us that Messrs Chima Anyanso and Muhammed Garuba again mobilized a detachment of MOPOL from Squadron 22, who again invaded the premises at about 2am on 31st July, 2013 looking for our client and threatening to terminate her life, but luckily for our client, she left the premises about 12 midnight, when she was convinced that sanity had returned to the premises after dousing the earlier invasion of the MOPOL,” the petition added.
The petition said further that Femi Osibona threatened to deal mercilessly with Bukola Odusanwo during a telephone conversation at about 2pm on 30th July, 2013 ‘simply because our client demanded from him the service charge of the Penthouse he is occupying and other flats in the building that he is using as a store to keep his products.’
Bukola had reportedly told Femi to pay his outstanding debt owed to the supplier of the lift so that the occupiers could enjoy the services of the lift, especially those occupying the upper floors.
The police were subsequently urged by the petitioners to beam their searchlight on the Developer, Femi Osibona, Chima Ayanso and Muhammed Garuba, who allegedly have explanation to make on the threat to life of Bukola Odusanwo.