Home, sweet sinking home... Tenants occupying a sinking storey building located at 5, Chief Bereola Street, Surulere, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, have refused to leave the building which was marked for demolition by the Lagos State government.
After fire gutted the building for the second time, the state government under its agency, Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, ordered the tenants to pack out of the house, but they declined, even at the risk of their lives.
The last fire incident greatly damaged the integrity of the building.
During an inspection by officials of LASBCA they discovered that it was built near a canal and it was already sinking.
The LASBCA officials immediately ordered the tenants to pack out of the house, in view of the danger the defective building poses to them.
The building was sealed and the officials sticked the sealed order on the gate of the building.
At first the tenants complied initially and moved out with their families before LASBCA sealed it and marked it for demolition.
But lately some time tenants returned to the house without any repair or reconstruction of the building.
The residents wondered what might have happened that made some of the tenants to return to the house.
One of the residents said,"We are concerned of the danger the building poses to the occupants and the likely disaster that could happen if they continue living there."
The house owners locked the gate inside and removed the LASBCA sticker. Only the paint used to mark the building for demolition was still visible.Also the efforts to speak with a female tenant proved abortive as she declined to speak with PM news reporter.
LASBCA official confirmed that the house was sealed off but could not say why the tenants returned to occupy it.
He also confirmed that LASBCA wrote to the tenants asking them to vacate the place.
The letter was signed by Alaka John Olufemi on behalf of the general manager.
"We will find out your claim and report to the General Manager the development," he said.