Just in: Pandemonium in Lekki as residents engage contractors in showdown

Pandemonium broke out this afternoon as angry residents of Victory Park Estate located behind Femi Okunnu Estate, Jakande Roundabout, Lekki, Lagos engaged their former facilities managers, GESL Grant Estate Services Ltd in a showdown.

Our reporter, who was on ground, recorded that attempts by an attempt by the estate’s former facilities managers to move away the three industrial generators serving the estate were rebuffed by the residents.

The DailyBells Nigeria learnt that last week, due to some unresolved differences, GESL Grant Estate Services Ltd was relieved of its duties of managing the facilities of the Victory Park Estate as a result of unresolved differences. But this morning, the contractors stormed the estate trying to move out the three generators in the estate.

Speaking with our reporter, one of the officials of the estate explained that while the contractors were sacked last week, they were surprised to see them this morning coming back to take away the estate’s generators claiming they belonged to them.

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“We sacked our service managers last week. Now, they want to move our generators without letting us know.

“We notified them (about their sack) through our lawyers a week ago and now they want to frustrate us by taking the generators claiming ownership.” He said.

This medium learnt that while the residents resisted the generators from being taken away, with the arrival of policemen from Ilasan at the scene, the contractors later claimed they only wanted to relocate the generators to safer place.

But, the residents said they didn’t believe them as they might not be able to get them back again because in the first instance, they didn’t duly inform them of their action before hand.

Another official of the estate told The DailyBells Nigeria, “For well over six years, we have been bullied and extorted by these people. For instance, electricity bill can run up to 260k a month. They have failed in several services hence we are disengaged their services.”

Meanwhile, as the contractors tried to also reject the police’s plea not to take away the generators, they were arrested and taken to the station.

At the Police station, it was agreed that the contractors must negotiate with the residents before they could carry out further action which must be in agreement by all stakeholders.

Meanwhile, the gates leading to the estate are remained shut as residents are advised to use alternative means to go in and out. The pedestrian gate is opened but no car is allowed until further notice.

One of the generators being taken away

As at the time of filling in this report, the case has been transferred to Ajah Police Station where representatives of both parties are making statement.

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