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Grand travesty! How politician, Funmi Smith, others, bought Lagos State GREAT assets illegally.

Grand travesty! How politician, Funmi Smith, others, bought Lagos State GREAT assets illegally.
August 07
06:39 2017

 

  • Pundits frown at acquisition process, call it outright robbery
  • Lagos set to recover 100 assets sold illegally

The roaring whisper of nemesis eventually screeches into a chilling song – when it does, the closet fraud and indeterminate racketeer, lose their fabled charm and invincibility. Like loathsome pathogen, they become prey to unforgiving  Karma.

This perhaps explains the sad plight of Funmi Smith. A five bedroom semi detached house located around Ikeja GRA valued at hundreds of millions of Naira was in 2010 offered to Funmi Smith of Debam Mega Solutions Limited for a sum far less than half of the value, but seven years after the offer barely half of the offered sum has been paid to the State Government coffers by the Company.

However, pundits are of the opinion that Funmi, a popular politician, ought to know that, she acquired the property at a ridiculous price. If the real worth of the property is N500 million, paying a paltry sum for it amounts to a travesty of due process and an outright robbery of the Lagos State Government.

But wait a minute, apart from Funmi, there are lots of people involved in buying Lagos assets illegally. They are over 100. According to the reports doing the rounds, the government is set to implement a far-reaching report on the sale of such assets. The report is said to contain a list of over 100 properties, the names of their buyers and the locations of the assets.

Sources disclosed that the report  was arrived at after extensive lasting several months by a panel of inquiry set up in late 2016 by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to “investigate the sale of its assets in prime areas running into billions of Naira”.

The source, who does not want her identity revealed due to the sensitivity of the issue, said the government decided to investigate the sale of its assets because they were sold below market value.

According to the source, the loss ran into billions of Naira. She said: “The affected assets are located in high-profile areas, where decision-makers, captains of industries, top government functionaries and political actors among others often crave to build their homes and offices.”

She identified the areas where the assets are to include Ikeja GRA, Magodo, Ikoyi, Lekki and other prime locations.

She explained that the assets were disposed at abysmal (or give-away) prices and obviously against public interest, which in her words, stoked the interest of the present administration to investigate and review the process by which the assets were sold.

She disclosed that what eventually culminated in the resolve of the State government to investigate the sale of its assets was overriding public interest, lamenting that some of these assets “were sold as low as N20 million.”

She added: “Generally, we have a situation where government properties in prime locations were sold at give-away prices. The assets were abysmally under-valued. Besides, the assets were sold below the actual market value”

However, Lagos government took an exception to such transaction, stating that no serious government would allow such sales against public interest to stand.

It was further gathered the report had indeed been submitted and implementation had begun with review of sales of properties that were sold grossly under market value.

 

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