The Proprietor of the Queen Diana International School, Samuel Kanu, has been distraught after the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development demolished his school.
PUNCH Metro gathered that the school, located on 5/7 Ugochukwu Close, Oja Oba, Abule Egba, was demolished on February 18, 2020.
According to Kanu, after a notice, dated January 17, 2020, to remove the property within seven days was served on the school, he wrote to the Office of the Governor, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, as well as the Permanent Secretary and Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development.
He added that the notice prompted him to also file a suit in court and the court processes were pasted on the wall of the school building.
Kanu added that after the receipt of her letter, a meeting was held with him at the office of the Attorney General, adding that the chief of staff to the governor stated that the matter had been referred to the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako.
However, Kanu said he was shocked when the commissioner stormed the school with his entourage on February 17, 2020, and shut the gates while students were writing their mid-term test.
“The commissioner asked what I was doing about the relocation of the students and I pleaded with him to give us time, but he vowed that he was going to demolish the school and asked us to take whatever we wanted to take before 9am of the following day.
“When he was leaving, he ordered that the two gates leading to the school be locked with students inside and between the time they locked the gate and when they brought an escavator to demolish the building the next day, they did not open the gates and the children were traumatised.
“We could not bring anything out from the school; all the laboratories with equipment were destroyed. We had a court process informing them that the matter was in court and that it would come up on February 19, but they ignored the court process and demolished the building,” he added.
Kanu said the government claimed it wanted to turn the area to a computer village.
The proprietor, who noted that over 200 students had paid and prepared to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in the school, urged the state government to relocate the pupils and compensate him for the building.
The Public Affairs Officer of the ministry, Sanusi Mukaila, did not take his calls and had yet to respond to a text message sent to his telephone line as of press time.