In Lagos: Royal Gardens Estate residents protest over extortion

Homeowners in Royal Gardens Estate, Ajah Lagos, have protested against what they regard as exploitation and extortion by the estate developer, Trojan Estates Limited and it agent, Broll Properties Nigeria Limited through imposition of “ridiculous annual service fees”.

The residents said the estate developer and the facility manager of the estate have continued to unilaterally and arbitrarily raise their yearly service charge, with the imposed charge increased by over 200% in the last 4 years, in spite of continuous deterioration of services to the residents.

The homeowners, under the umbrella of Royal Gardens Estate Residents Association, RGERA, during a peaceful protest in the estate on Saturday 5 October 2019, also lamented being humiliated and treated like slaves on their properties, by denying them access to electricity, water, and adequate security.

The residents were distraught that they were not getting a fair deal of things they were promised by the estate promoters, Trojan Estates Limited, before they ought the properties.

The residents said their several complaints to EKDC, NERC and the Nigeria Police Ajah in a bid to call Trojan and Broll to order had not yielded any tangible result.

They also said despite approaching the court to secure an injunction to restrain the company and its agents, harassment from them has remained unabated.

According to RGERA, part of what the estate promoters promised the homeowners are Ultra-modern Shopping mall and a school beside the estate, Golf course, Swimming Pool among others.

RGERA said none of these promises had been fulfilled by Trojan Estates Limited after collecting huge sums from buyers of land in the Ajah area and secretly taking over the management of services in the estate through one of their proxies, Broll Properties Limited.(PMnews)

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