The Mobile filing station at Maryland in Ikeja Lagos was on Tuesday (December 8, 2020) demolished by the Lagos State Government.
The Incident, which happened unexpectedly, had caused quite the stir among passersby and regular customers of the Mobile filing station.
In reaction to the demolition, 11 Plc (which owns and operates Mobile filing stations across the country), issued a brief statement explaining what had happened.
The statement, which was obtained from the Nigerian Stock Exchange website and by Nairabrands, said:
“This is to inform the shareholders of 11 Plc, stakeholders and the general public that the demolition of the Mobil Service Station at Maryland, Lagos State on 7th of December 2020, was carried out pursuant to the valid exercise of the right of compulsory acquisition for public purpose by the Lagos State Government following due process.
“This notice is for proper guidance and information of the public and to eschew to form of speculations regarding the incident.”
It should be noted that the government has the right to convert parcels of land (such as that on which the Maryland Mobile filing station was located) to public usage. This is thanks to Nigeria’s Land Use Act which bestows ownership of all the land in the country to government ownership.
Also note that the Lagos State Government has recently been carrying out a number of infrastructural development exercises, including road expansion. The Maryland Mobile filing station was situated close to a major roundabout and along the ever-busy Ikorodu Road. And this may be the reason for its demolition in order to make room for more space along that road axis.