By Samson Echenim
The Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) has sealed off the multi-billion naira Cubana nightclub house which finishes touches are being put for a potential December opening in the government reservation area, of Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial heartbeat..
The Ikeja Cubana is being billed as potentially Nigeria’s, perhaps Africa’s, biggest nightclub when it goes it is launched and opens its gates to patrons, but when business a.m visited the site on Wednesday, the place was sealed with the Lagos State Building Control labels, with sections of the building, which is about 80 percent completed, touched.
A source at the site told business a.m that the LASBCA claimed the owner of the club has not met certain regulations as spelt out by the agency.
“You can see the place is sealed. You can see the LASBCA also broke parts of the building. We are not working until the issue is resolved,” the source said.
Efforts by our correspondent to get comments from the LASBCA did not yield results as calls made to the agency’s spokesman were not picked. A man who spoke with our correspondent on one of the phone numbers on the agency’s website, 08089705008 said he was not aware of the development, as he is currently on leave.
The source at the site said the building was sealed two weeks ago.
Currently operating in Owerri, Imo State, Abuja and Victoria Island, Lagos, the Cubana nightclub has been crowned “King of night life” in Nigeria. The club is ranked third in Lagos by Jumia Travels (traveljumia.com).
Owner of Cubana, Obi Iyiegbu, an Igbo businessman popularly known as Cubana Chiefpriest, announced the arrival of the famous nightclub in Ikeja GRA on social in April this year.
He wrote: “CubanaIkeja 40%…. @obi_cubana The Man With Naija Hospitality, Entertainment, Enjoyment N NiteLife Master Plan…Anticipate Another 1 #CubanaChiefPriest #CelebrityBarMan #MyOwerri.”
Cubana is renowned on the Lagos nightlife scene for luxury lifestyle. It is world class facility with architectural masterpieces, valet parking and an exquisite bar and lounge. The night club at Cubana is known as Club Pablo.
Cubana in GRA Ikeja is a huge property, with the land alone in prime location said to be worth hundreds of millions of naira. It boasts of a rooftop lounge with a sky view. It is expected to have a restaurant and bar with world class chefs and bartenders.
There will also be an open bar called Cuban Hut & Grill, as is its trade mark across its locations, where customers will be offered premium service in a traditional bush bar setting.