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Ejigbo LCDA seals off Kenmoore Motors on court order

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The Ejigbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos State has sealed off Kenmoore Motors, Egbe Road, Oke-Afa, on the orders of a Customary Court.

Mr Kunle Oladele, the LCDA Media Officer, said in a statement that the court order, passed on Oct. 21, 2019, was enforced earlier in the week by council officials and law enforcement agents.

Oladele said the three gates leading to the facility were locked, while one of the vehicles parked by the roadside was towed away.

He said that the sealing order by the court came as a result of a case (with Charge No. /051/019) between Ejigbo LCDA (Prosecutor) and the Manager/Representative of Kenmoore Motors (Defendant).

The Defendant was sanctioned for constituting the following nuisances:

“Failure to desist from act of displaying wares (motors) for sale at road set-back walk-ways by Egbe Road, causing obstruction on the road for pedestrian and vehicular movement.

“Failure to desist from act of insanitary passing of human waste within the premises.

“The failure to remove unauthorised structure at the open space of the premises.

“Failure to desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse within the premises.

“Failure to provide sanitary waste bin with fitting cover.

“Failure to comply with the terms of abatement notice, served on July 26, 2019.”

On Aug. 25, 2019, the prosecutor showed the court proof of service of court summons, which was duly signed by one Mr Kenneth Chukwudozie, on behalf of the Defendant on Aug. 7, 2019.

However, the defendant failed to appear in court even after being given other opportunities.

As at the time the prosecutor went back to the court, the defendant had still not appeared, and the nuisances were still in existence and serving as threat to public health, hence the need for its immediate abatement.

This made the prosecutor to  apply for a Nuisance Order, to enable the Ejigbo LCDA to abate the nuisances, and the cost of abatement to be recovered. The application was granted, hence, the Abatement Order/ Sealing Order.

The Council Chairman, Alhaji Monsurudeen Bello, said the council would continue to show zero tolerance to residents that would not obey rules and regulations guiding the LCDA.

He said the council was committed to providing an enabling environment for business to thrive, but warned that government would not hesitate to apply appropriate sanctions when necessary.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Wale Ojetimi

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