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Pandemonium as Police invade Diamond Estate, Festac

INSIDEMAINLAND– Residents of Diamond Estate in Satellite Town, Festac Town, Lagos Mainland, had a harrowing experience yesterday, December 12, 2021, following the invasion of armed policemen trying to forcefully arrest some executives of the estate.

The three members of the estate’s executive involved were the Chairman, Mr Uche Nwili, the Vice-Chairman, Mr Greg Obiora and the Chief Security Officer (CSO) Mr Daniel Achuzie.

Vanguard reports that the Policemen were invited by one of the residents identified as Mr Matthew Okafor.

The trouble began over alleged violation of some laws within the estate. Further investigation revealed that Matthew Okafor had been defaulting on his estate dues and other development levies. He had also refused to pay the levy for conveying his vehicles into the estate which is reportedly put at N3.4 million in accumulated debts according to the estate executives. 

The Chairman of the estate, Mr Uche Nwili, claimed that there had been continuous harassment and threat to life from one of the residents, adding that the said resident vowed to use his connection with the Police to deal with him and the entire members of the executives over disagreement on his outstanding estate dues. 

He said: “It is surprising that a resident of this estate would act as a terrorist in a place where he is living. As it stands now, my children did not go to school. My wife, who was supposed to go to the market this morning, couldn’t go out because of the police presence and fear of being manhandled.

“As I speak now, my shops are closed, my boys and I could not go to the market because as early as 6 am, some people dressed in mufti but heavily armed came to my house and were banging on my gate. When my wife inquired who they were, they said they were policemen and were there to arrest me.”

In his comment, Mr Mattew Okafor, the resident alleged to have brought the armed policemen, said there had been a series of misunderstandings between him and the estate’s chairman over what he described as total disregard of rights on the part of the chairman.

Okafor told Vanguard that his wife was allegedly manhandled three weeks ago by the Chairman over payment of the estate’s dues while he was outside the country.

According to him, the matter was reported at Agboju Police Station following which the Chairman and the estate security were invited by the Divisional Police Officer and instructed to tender an apology to his wife.

“The chairman refused to tender the written apology to my wife as instructed.  Rather, he went ahead to petition the Police at the Force Headquarters annexe, Alagbon,” he said.

However, Okafor did not respond to questions about who invited the Policemen that invaded the official’s homes. Instead, he said two different teams of Policemen visited the estate the same day, one of which were Policemen from Alagbon who came on the invitation of the Chairman.

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