Controversial property speculator and Lagos-based businessman, Mr. Felix Ezeamama, has been accused of manhandling the occupants of an apartment on Kingsway Road, Ikoyi, Lagos who include a 90-year-old woman, Alhaja Halima Abubakar. It was learned that Ezeamama led some uniformed men and hoodlums armed with machetes and another dangerous weapon to the Block A, Flat 1 and 2 of the apartment at about 4 am on May 6, 2017.
“We heard bangs on the gates as they arrived at our home in the early hours,” Aisha said.
“They hit the gates so hard that we initially thought they were robbers. They broke down the gates and the wall, forced themselves into my mother’s room and then dragged us out. We tried to escape but they threatened to kill us if we dared.
“I sat defenseless as they took my mother’s trinket. They also took foreign currencies and about N7million-proceeds from the sale of her wares and took foodstuff from the refrigerator.”
The grandmother also showed the cuts she sustained from the attack to our correspondent, saying the incident had left her devastated.
Alhaja Abubakar said the property was allocated to her by the Federal Government when the government resolved to divest all buildings and lands in Lagos State.
She claimed that while herself and the 13 other occupants of the flats negotiated with the Federal Government Implementation Committee, Mr. Ezeamama had requested to be granted permission to interface with the government on their behalf due to his experience in property business.
“Upon our consent, he expressed his intention to acquire our interest in the property once we received an offer letter from the government and offered to purchase each flat at the cost of N7million,” Alhaja Abubakar disclosed, adding that Mr. Ezeamama proceeded to pay a non-refundable fee of N500,000 to each of the tenants as “commitment fee” and promised to pay the balance after the deal had been perfected by the government.
According to Alhaja Abubakar’s lawyer, Mr. Carlos Mbaka, his client owns two flats (Flats 1 and 2) out of the fifteen flats in the premises and ought to get 14 million for the sales of both flats but Mr. Ezeamama insisted he would pay her N7million just like the other tenants with one flat each.
The lawyer also claimed that the disagreement led to his client’s offer letter being snatched from her by Mr. Ezeamama, after which the matter was reported at the police station.
Alhaja Abubakar, who is the claimant, also asked the court to declare that she could not be compelled to sell her interest to the defendants or anyone acting for them while urging the court to declare that the purported Acceptance Form being paraded by the first and second defendants was obtained by fraud, as well as a perpetual injunction restraining the defendants, their agents and any other person from trespassing on the property.
Saharareporters learnt that Mr. Ezeamama has gained notoriety for harassing owners of properties over disputes that were already in court. He was variously reported in the media to have brutalized business owners at 17 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos on September 19, 2016, over payment of rent.
Despite the restraining order, however, Mr. Ezeamama was reported to have hired some thugs to evict, harass and brutalize the tenants to force them into paying him rent.