- Officials of Lagos sate have reportedly invaded a market with bulldozers on Friday, April 26
- Demolition of the market was said to have started from the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway end
- It was reported that many of the traders could not salvage their goods from their stalls before the demolition began
The Lagos state government has commenced the demolition of Araromi Oke-Odo Ile-Epo market. Officials of the state reportedly came with bulldozers to demolish the market structures. This move was said to have caused heartbreaks among market men and women.
Premium Times reports that the Araromi Oke Odo (Ile Epo) market was established in 1983 by the then Ikeja local government area council, from which the Alimosho local government area was later carved out, in part, before the creation of the Agbado/Oke Odo LCDA under whose governance and supervisory jurisdictions the market now falls.
Demolition of the market was said to have started from the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway end of the market and was coordinated by officials of the Lagos environmental safety agency and armed police.
It was also reported that thugs were recruited to harass passersby and prevent them from taking pictures of the demolition exercise.
The news outlet reported further that a trader who identified himself as Garba said many of the traders could not salvage their goods from their stalls before the invasion began.
“Many who owned stalls at the frontal part where they began the demolition could not pack out their goods,” he said.
“But those at the back have packed some things as you can see.”
Another trader, Tawa Kehinde, on his part, said the demolition was an affront on the poor because many would have their sources of livelihood blocked. He called on the government to reconsider its steps.
“Many people will die from the losses incurred from this demolition, ” she was quoted to have said in Yoruba.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lagos state government denied involvement in the demolition of Sabo Market, Ikorodu, which was demolished on the night of Thursday, May 4, 2017.
The commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, in a statement issued on Friday, May 5, said that the state government did not demolish the market and would not demolish any market or property in the state without following due process.
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