Medaville Construction Company Limited, an estate developer, has raised concerns over the alleged invasion and cessation of ongoing construction work at the Federal Government Housing Estate in Alagbaka, Akure, by security personnel.
In a protest letter addressed to the Federal Ministry of Housing and Security Agencies, as well as the Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), the lawyer representing the developer, Barrister Femi Emodamori, described the intrusion at the federally-owned Medaville estate project as unacceptable and potentially life-threatening to workers.
Emodamori explained that the Federal Government had allocated the land opposite the Ondo State Police Command Headquarters to the developer in 2009 for the construction of a housing estate under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, aimed at providing affordable housing for middle and low-income earners.
However, the lawyer expressed dismay over the recent actions of security personnel, who allegedly claimed to have purchased portions of the land from government officials. He cited ongoing legal battles between the developer and individuals who previously attempted to seize the land.
Emodamori emphasized the urgency of investigating the situation to prevent potential crises and ensure the safety of workers, reaffirming the developer’s commitment to lawful development efforts.
The incident underscores the challenges faced by developers in navigating land disputes and unlawful encroachments, highlighting the need for swift and decisive action to uphold the rule of law and protect legitimate development projects.