- A Nigerian lady has cried out on Twitter after her family was kicked out of their own property in the early hours of Monday, May 9
- The lady stated that her family had lived on the property for 30 years and that it was bought in her father's name
- She narrated that a self-acclaimed lawyer stormed their property in the company of some police officers and thugs to carry out the forceful eviction
A Nigerian family is seeking justice and help to get out of their situation after being forcefully evicted from the home where they have resided for the past 30 years.
A member of the family, a lady with the handle @Maamamiaa made an outcry on Twitter, stating that it happened at 6:00 am on Monday, May 9.
How the forceful eviction happened
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@Maamamiaa narrated that they woke up on that fateful day to be ambushed by thugs, police officers and a self-acclaimed lawyer who stormed their property with no prior notice.
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According to her, the said lawyer refused to show them any court ruling giving them the right to take over the property.
When the family implored the lawyer to wait for their own legal representative to arrive, their plea fell on deaf ears.
She said they jumped over the fence, broke into the apartment and started throwing their things out.
"Hello Nigeria!! I have never been this distraught my entire life, waking up in the morning to be ambushed by thugs, police men and a self acclaimed lawyer to put us out of our property of 30years. No prior notification, nothing.
"While the lawyer refused to tender legal court ruling for possession of the property, this is a copy of what was pasted on the gate just this morning on their arrival. We asked them to wait while our lawyers get to the house but they refused.
"...If we even have to make a case or write to, this people are fishy and have forcefully taken an action without proper legal backing.
"This people jumped in over the fence, broke into the house breaking the locks,yanked my mother & I out of the way to gain access to property. Most of our valuables are not only missing but have also been stolen by the thugs who invaded our premises with members of @NGPoliceForce."
The property was bought by her parents
Replying to comments that greeted her post, the lady while attaching videos and pictures of the people who carried out the act said the property was bought in her dad's name.
The lady's dad however left them over 15 years ago, leaving her, her mum and siblings to fend for themselves.
"We are not even tenants!!
"My dad and mum own the property, they jointly paid for the building but the c of o was put in her husband's name who left the house for over 15 years.
We have been living and fending for ourselves all this time only for us to be slapped with this,'' she wrote.
Family tussle for their own property
In a chat with Legit.ng's Victor Duru, the lady who made the earlier outcry identified herself as Patricia and stated that the property is located at Area 2., Garki, Abuja.
When quizzed on what the situation of things are in the evening of the day she made the tweets, Patricia stated that her family has got legal advice and is working in line with it.
She however called for more support for her, the mum and her siblings so they can get a roof over their heads as well as retake possession of the property.
Shedding more light on the ownership of the property, Patricia confirmed that the property was joined paid for by her mum and dad.
She said her dad however moved out voluntarily, unbeknownst to them that he left with the property's C of O.
Patricia disclosed that her dad had tried selling their house severally in the past but they stopped him via court processes, with the matter still in court, only to be greeted with a sudden forceful eviction that fateful day.
"It's a joint ownership, they both paid for the house and my dad moved out voluntarily it's been over 15-20 something years unknown to us he left with the c of o.
"He tried selling the house several times but we stopped that through court processes to which the matter is still in court.
"Only to get possession of property letter while we were being thrown out of our apartment on Monday morning no prior notice, no information on what's going on or why and all of that which is what is currently looked into,'' she explained.
See the lady's tweet below:
"I am sorry that you and your family have been put through this. I suggest that you engage a lawyer as soon as you can. In the meantime, please look after your mum and try and see whether you can get temporary shelter from a family member."
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"Even me that was served a notice, I'm staying a year and 6months before I vacate this apartment!
"Otherwise, we see in court!"
"So many things seem to be wrong with this. Even if you are not up to date with your rent; you should be given a 6months notice to vacate, and another 7days to vacate should you flout the first. Que- are you sure this property hasn't been in litigation?"
"I have a tenant that has refused to pay his rent since October last year, saying times are hard. He kept pleading for more time till I took him to court in February. He hired a lawyer and they’re even tipping the Registra to postpone sitting, but can’t pay rent till date."
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The Nigerian man who hails from Imo state - in an interview with Legit.ng - said he acquired the land about 15 years ago legally and that his buildings (a duplex and a bungalow) were the first to spring up in the area and so was surprised it was demolished.
The reason for the demolition (of the property on Ext. no. 17, Works Road Layout, GRA, Enugu), he said they told him, was to aid a road construction to be done by the government as the neighbourhood road hasn't been tarred since its existence.