I really like Palms Shopping Mall located at Ring Road Ibadan and I’ve visited it a lot. Check out the <a href=”http://ibpulse.com/2015/02/palms-shopping-mall-ibadan-night-versus-day-pictures.html”>morning versus day pictures of the mall</a> that I took. I love the mall because of its location and quality of companies that have stores there. It is home to the <a href=”http://ibpulse.com/2014/06/photos-shoprite-opens-its-biggest-west-african-store-at-ibadan-mall.html”>biggest Shoprite store in West Africa</a>, it also houses <a href=”http://ibpulse.com/2015/03/what-you-should-know-about-viva-entertainment-cinema-palms-mall-ring-road-ibadan-pictures.html”>Viva Entertainment Cinema</a> and several other cool places. And you will understand why I was shocked when I read this morning that the mall may be shut down. I read beyond the sensational headline and I agreed that there are issues of concern on the subject matter.
<a href=”http://pmparrotng.com/leasehold-palms-shopping-mall-ibadan-may-be-shut-down/” target=”_blank”>According to <em>PM Parrot</em></a>, Abiodun Salako, the person who has the leasehold of the 18 acres upon which the sprawling shopping arena is located was not properly settled.
Here’s what PM Parrot reported on the matter:
Salako has taken the matter to the Oyo State High Court where he is begging the court to come to his aid and not allow the owners of The Palms to deprive him of his entitlements. A quiet Lagos based businessman, Tayo Amusan is the owner of Palms Group with such properties in almost all the major Nigerian cities.
From what they gathered from a source close to Salako, the 18 acres of land that used to serve as a central refuse dump for the whole of Ibadanland was acquired during the regime of Senator Rashidi Ladoja sometime in 2004.
The source said: “Mr Salako who was Senator Ladoja’s Consultant on Environment and Beautification to the then government was given the land to use for 25 years and his plan was to construct some kind of amusement center there.
“However, he was still thinking of how to go about the project when Otunba Adebayo Alao Akala defeated Ladoja to become the governor of the State. Again, Salako approached the Akala government to revalidate his leasehold on the land.
“Sometime towards the end of Akala’s tenure, Tayo Amusan and his The Palms group surfaced and were given the right to construct The Palms on the expanse of land as it stands today.”
According to PM Parrot’s investigations, Akala, however, handed over Salako to the Amusan team for him to be ‘appropriately settled’ being the man that has the original rights to the land.
After series of meetings, Tayo Amusan, through his lawyers agreed to pay certain amount. The payments were staggered. And work commenced.
At a stage, the Amusan group faltered. Payment was not forthcoming. Salako ran to the court to stop The Palms’ contractors from moving further with the construction. A truce was reached after some more money exchanged hands.
After the completion of the project, payments to Salako stopped. He wrote letters through his lawyers to the owners of the wave making <em>Palms Shopping Mall</em>. He was never taken serious. He therefore decided to pay another visit to the court.
“Yes we are now in court” gushed another source close to the Ogbomosho born Salako. “We are still being owed heavily. What Oga Salako wants is justice. He does not cheat people, so, he does not wish to be cheated. He never breached the terms of agreement on the land. He is ready to do everything to enforce his right even if the shopping mall will be shut down temporarily.”
<em>PMParrot.com</em> was told that the matter is presently being argued out at the Oyo State High Court 9.
An observer, however, informed that lawyers to the two parties may eventually opt for out of court settlement.
“Barrister Jacob for Salako and Lawyer Oladimeji representing The Palms are still working things out” we were told.