The demolition came barely three weeks after FCTA officials arrested 32 alleged strippers at Carmelo. The building is located at Plot 630 T.O.S Benson Crescent Utako
The Managing Director of the club , Max Eze who said that the authority served them quit notice on Friday 10th May at 7:00pm . He added that to their surprise the FCDA mobilized their bulldozers, with police cordon around the building, and started pulling it down on Monday.
Eze expressed shock at the manner in which the demolition was carried out as the officials did not allow them to take anything from the building.
The club owners have blamed Abuja minister, Bello
Mohammed , for the demolition, describing it as a
vindictive measure that did not consider the country’s
“They just destroyed N500 million in a struggling
economy,” Mr Eze said. “This is deliberate sabotage of
this country’s economy.”
Mr Eze said at least 105 Nigerians were in direct
employment at Caramelo, with the lowest paid not
getting below the minimum wage.
“Now, not only the 105 people have been rendered
jobless, our suppliers and other indirect labourers will
have to find ways to earn a living for themselves and
families,” Mr Eze said.
At least two of his staff members who spoke with
PREMIUM TIMES expressed dismay at government’s
action, expressing fears about their livelihood.