How Hoodlums Burnt My Three-Storey Constructing, Two Turbines, Stole Fittings


Prince Yemisi Shyllon

Founding father of Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Artwork Basis, Prince Yemisi Shyllon, speaks to TOBI AWORINDE on the destruction of his constructing in Lekki, Lagos State, by hoodlums, following the taking pictures of #EndSARS protesters by troopers

How did you discover out in regards to the harm to your property in Lekki, Lagos State, final week?

Someone passing via the realm on Sunday, October 25 alerted me that my property had been burnt. I didn’t find out about it. I used to be in Ikeja, Lagos. I learnt that the burning of properties occurred between Thursday and Friday. I received to find out about it on Sunday when a good friend of mine, who knew I used to be the proprietor of the property, was passing by. And he was shocked and felt ‘how can Yemisi’s property be burnt when he isn’t in authorities and has no enterprise with this authorities?’ He initially referred to as me and mentioned, ‘Yemisi, I’ve some dangerous information for you.’ I assumed any person I knew had died. He mentioned, ‘I would like you to prepare for this dangerous information.’ I mentioned, ‘What’s it?’ He mentioned, ‘Your property in Lekki has been burnt.’ I used to be shocked. He mentioned he had taken images. I mentioned, ‘Ship me the images.’ So, he despatched them to me.

Is the property residential?

No, it’s a three-storey workplace complicated with two highly effective turbines, two 10-person lifts, and quite a lot of air conditioners, all supplied by me for my tenants. It was underneath the occupancy of Aiteo Group.

Do you might have an thought of the variety of air conditioners and different objects within the constructing?

I assume I had about 64 air conditioners put in within the property. I don’t know what the tenants, Aiteo, added, however I put in 64 (ACs) when I rented it out to them.

Was the constructing additionally looted?

They eliminated among the fittings in my property. I’ve not been there and I’m not going to go there. They burnt the turbines and the property, and  they eliminated as most of the fittings as they may.

Are you aware if there was any safety officer stationed there on the time of the arson?

If hoodlums go to a home, will safety matter? If hoodlums come to an workplace, will safety officers not run away?

Has the price of the harm been ascertained?

I have requested the professionals to determine the price of harm; I’ve not received their report. The actual professionals to do it are amount surveyors; they’re those that can put together the invoice of portions.

The place in Lekki is the property?

The property is at Number one, Admiralty Manner, Lekki Section One. It’s the primary property in Lekki Section One. I utilized for that piece of land after I was doing my Grasp of Enterprise Administration within the College of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo College, Osun State). I utilized for that land from the Lagos State Authorities as a younger man. I used to be not but 30.


How way back was that?

I utilized for it in 1980.

The Particular Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, mentioned the environment for looting was introduced on by the #EndSARS protests reasonably than poverty. Do you subscribe to that college of thought?

The sociologists speak about society; they are saying each society ought to be ruled by legal guidelines and ought to be managed within the curiosity of all. Socrates, in his knowledge, additionally mentioned that. Aristotle, the good thinker, mentioned, ‘Poverty breeds revolution.’ When any society will not be managed properly sufficient, it breeds an awesome variety of disgruntled, offended, hungry, unemployed youths who find yourself changing into a time bomb that may be unleashed in opposition to society. When legislation and order breaks down, what occurs is that disgruntled parts of society reap the benefits of the breakdown of legislation and order to unleash their anger on society. And the top result’s that the harmless endure greater than the responsible. I’ve not earned a kobo in my service to Nigeria as both chairman or member of boards. I’ve by no means awarded contracts; I’ve by no means benefited from authorities contracts in my life. I take advantage of my God-assisted and earned earnings that I’ve made out of my versatile skilled life in engineering, legislation, advertising, finance and so forth. I’ve collected little financial savings in investments, each actual and unreal. I’ve been made to endure unjustly by a badly managed nation.

The October 20 taking pictures of #EndSARS protesters on the Lekki tollgate is broadly believed to have given rise to wanton looting and vandalism of personal and public property in Lagos and another states. Do you assume the scenario would have escalated, had the troopers not shot on the protesters?

I’ve no remark.

The Lagos State Authorities has indicated its intention to assist enterprise house owners affected by the looting and destruction of companies. Do you assume the federal government ought to be liable for compensation for the harm to your property?

I know that in ‘sensible’ international locations, when you might have a property like my very own, you might be imagined to have some obligatory insurance coverage. I don’t know whether or not there are a lot of sensible folks in Nigeria.


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