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Ministry officials preventing me from rebuilding my burnt property- Ibadan trader cries to Makinde

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An Ibadan-based trader, Dapo Davies, has alleged that some top officials of Ministry of Lands in Oyo state are preventing him from rebuilding his burnt property.

The property located at No.1, Lebanon Street, Dugbe- Alawo, Ibadan was gutted by fire in 2020.

Our correspondent gathered that property worth millions of naira were destroyed as a result of the fire incident.

Davies has however alleged that top officials in the ministry have refused to give him approval to rebuild his burnt property.

Davies made these disclosure through a “save our soul” letters written on his behalf by his counsel, Niyi Okanlawon.

Okanlawon who noted that Davies has been given approval for the properly since 2013 alleged that the officials of the ministry had also re-issued approval to another person on the land.

He then called on Makinde to intervene so as to save Davies means of livelihood of from crashing.

Okanlawon who spoke with journalists in Ibadan on Thursday, maintained that issuing another approval to another person on same land which already gotten approval in same ministry is fraudulent.

He added that the intervention of the governor is needed at this time.

He added that two separate “save our soul” letters, dated 16th June and 19th June 2023, had been sent to the governor on the matter.

“We are Solicitors to Mr. Dapo Davies (herein after referred to as “Our Client”) on whose instruction we write on the above subject.

“Our Client is the sub-lensee of the Property Situate at No.1, Lebanon Street, Dugbe- Alawo, Ibadan which was gutted by fire on the 15 April, 2020. Our client has made several efforts to obtain approval to renovate the said property from the Oyo State Ministry of Lands and Urban Development without success.

“It has been over three (3) years since the fire incidence occurred and our client has since been making frantic efforts to renovate the said property, but all efforts to obtain an approval to renovate the said property has been frustrated by the Ministry of Lands.

“Your Excellency, the property in question forms part of our client’s source of livelihood which has been put on hold for the past three years and has resulted to financial hardship”.

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