Homeowners in Irewolede housing Estate in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, have written petitions to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris and Director-General of Department of State Services, Lawal Daura over eviction notice served on them by the State Housing Corporation.
The agency is said to be on the orders of Governor Ayo Fayose.
In a petition signed by Chairman and Secretary of Fajuyi/Irewolede Residents Association, Ayodele Orebe and Fidelis Adiukwu, on behalf of other residents, they complained of threat of forceful ejection by the governor allegedly planned to take place “anytime from now” having been served with revocation letters and eviction notice.
The residents took the action following an eviction notice served on them on Monday morning revoking their houses giving them seven days to vacate the houses.
They said: “It is trite in law that whenever a notice of appeal and stay of execution is filed, none of the parties should take any action on the matter until the Appeal is determined or at best, until the motion on Notice for stay/injunction is heard and determined.
“While our case was struck out on July 10, 2017, the counter-claim of the Housing Corporation and Ekiti State government seeking to take over and eject us and take possession of our houses was equally struck out.
“As law-abiding citizens, we have taken our matter to the Court of Appeal to seek justice and protection from victimisation in the hands of Governor Fayose who for political reasons is bent on ejecting house owners (majority of whom served under former Governor Fayemi) from their houses and thereafter take over the houses for onward sale to his friends, aides and cronies.
“We have filed an appeal before the Court of Appeal, and a motion for injunction pending appeal before Justice Hon. Justice Omotosho was also filed by our Counsel, Chief Rafiu Balogun where the residents are seeking relief from the court.”