50 Lagos Hotels To Face Prosecution

At least 50 hotels operating in Lagos State are to be
charged by the government with non-payment of licence
fees.

Pedro, who withdrew the charges brought against Protea
Hotel Westwood Limited, Radisson Blu Anchorage Hotel
Limited and Hotel Bon Voyage Limited, on Tuesday said,
about 50 hotels across the state had been identified for
prosecution.Among the accused already charged by the state
government at the Magistrate’s Court, Igbosere are
Moorhouse Sofitel Hotel, Chesney Hotel Limited and
Chillovelle Hotel Limited.
He added that they would be charged in other magisterial
districts as their names are compiled.
According to Pedro, Moorhouse Sofitel Hotel, Chesney Hotel
Limited and Chillovelle Hotel Limited, charged along with
their Managing Directors and other directors, are “carrying
on or keeping” a hotel in the Lagos Magisterial District
without a licence granted by the appropriate authority.
Pedro said, “We are concerned with the arbitrariness of
violating extant laws of the land. The hotel may feel that
someone is challenging the law, but in as much as the House of
Assembly has passed the law and the governor has signed it,
the law has become operative.
“You cannot stop its operation just because somebody is
challenging it in court. The law will continue to operate. It is
when the court declares it null and void that it will stop
operating.”
It was alleged that the hotels, in carrying out their business,
on or about December 5, 2012, knowingly omitted to comply
with the provision of the Hotel Licensing Law of Lagos State,
Cap H6 (2010).
The offences were said to have contravened sections 4(1) of
the Hotel Licensing Law and are punishable under sections 21
and 122 of the law.
Also on Tuesday, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs F. O.
Aigbokhaevbo, issued a bench warrant for the arrest of the
M.D of Chilloville Hotel

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