While the dust generated by the contentious sale of Intercontinental Bank Plc has barely settled, the Governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank, Lamido Sanusi is again at the centre of another controversy. Street Journal’s investigations revealed that Malam Sanusi bought over a property beside his new house in Maitama, Abuja. The new acquisition located at No 1, Missouri Street, off Colorado, Maitama allegedly set Nigeria’s number one banker back by one billion Naira and it was paid for in October.
Street Journal gathered that the purpose for which he bought the property was mainly to add to the aesthetic value of his new house and that he plans to use the newly acquired property for a unique terraced garden.
Work has already started on the site as the structure on the property is already being pulled down despite the fact that some of the present occupants are yet to move out. Street Journal found out that the occupants are young workers some of who disclosed that their rents are yet to expire. It was also found out that though the house has been sold, the landlord has refused to pay the tenants any compensation to enable them move elsewhere.
The new owner, Sanusi Lamido too has refused to give them more time to get suitable accommodation. The occupants disclosed that some of them have relocated but they are still putting up there because they do not have the funds with which to secure new places to stay. They have however been informed that their belongings would be thrown out by the 1st day of December so that garden construction work can begin in earnest.