Ekiti government wields the big stick, revokes property ownership because of late mortgage payment
The Ekiti State government has revoked the house purchase by the Mrs. Bolu Fayemi-Ayodele, the elder sister of former Governor Kayode Fayemi, at the Irewolede (Fajuyi) Estate along Ilawe Road, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Mrs. Fayemi-Ayodele who was served with the letter conveying the revocation order on Thursday vowed to challenge the action in the court of law.
Fayemi’s former Senior Special Assistant on Research and Documentation, Hakeem Jamiu, also revealed that he received a call from the General Manager of Ekiti State Housing Corporation, Babasoji Awe, informing him (Jamiu) that his revocation letter was ready for dispatch to his house.
The Ayo Fayose administration accused many of the residents of defaulting in the payment of their mortgages insisting that completion of payment elapsed on August 5, 2015.
The former governor’s sister received her revocation of her property barely 24 hours after the Corporation in a letter by the General Manager, revoked the house sale to the Chairman of Irewolede Residents Association, Ayo Orebe.
Mrs. Fayemi-Ayodele in a telephone chat described the action as “politically motivated.”
She reminded Fayose of a pending suit filed by the aggrieved residents at an Ado Ekiti High Court saying serving the plaintiffs in the case with revocation letter amounts to contempt of court.
According to her, parties in any suit before a law court are not expected to do anything that could pre-empt the court saying the governor’s action is another attempt to muzzle the judiciary.
Said Mrs. Fayemi-Ayodele: “They brought the letter yesterday (Thursday) it was given to me to sign that I received the original copy. The official who brought the letter said he was carrying out the directive given to him and I cant’t blame him for that.
“The house in question is not a rented house, it’s my personal house which was purchased on a mortgage which still subsists even though I have not completed payment.
“I am going to court to challenge this latest action because a case is already in court over the last eviction and if there is any case in court, parties are not expected to take any action until the case is disposed of.
“When I read the content of the letter, I told the bearer that all that was written in the letter are fallacies and lies.
“I know that the action was taken because he (Fayose) believes that I am a sister to the former governor (Fayemi) and he feels that he can do anything he likes. I believe that action was politically moti-vated.”
Some of the house owners in the estate had earlier gone to court challenging their earlier eviction ordered by the governor on August 16, 2015.
They also petitioned the Inspector General of Police and copied to the National Human Rights Commission, Department of State Services and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps complaining on the illegal order by the governor directing the officers of the security agencies to force them out of their homes.
The houses were bought from the Housing Corporation under a mortgage agreement with Primary Mortgage Institution (PMI) scheme with the payment schedule spanning between 15 and 25 years.
But the governor two months ago gave the house owners one month to pay up or be prepared to lose their houses after he had earlier ejected them with a warning to pay up.
Emmanuel Ani, Ado Ekiti