Magodo residents seek Sanwo-Olu's help over planned demolition

The Chairman of the estate, Bajo Osinubi, said that despite Sanwo-Olu's intervention, residents have been leaving in fear as the armed policemen refused to leave.
Magodo residents seek Sanwo-Olu's help over planned demolition

Magodo residents protest planned demolition in Lagos... on Tuesday.

Photos: Olukayode Jaiyeola

Residents of the Magodo Phase 2 Estate area of Lagos State have called on Governor Sanwo-Olu to help them against the planned demolition of properties in the estate.

Asides from the planned demolition, residents are also protesting the continuous presence of over 50 armed policemen at the estate.

This comes after some armed policemen were said to have recently accompanied suspected land grabbers and members of a family who invaded the estate to claim possession of the property.

The PUNCH reported that the estate management has ordered a closure of the estate gates in protest against the planned demolition as the suspected family and their group attempted to invade the estate with a bulldozer to execute a Supreme Court judgement.

During the invasion, the group used red, brown and blue inks to inscribe ‘ID/795/88 Possession Taken Today 21/12/21 by Court Order,’ on various properties on the estate.

However, in the latest development, residents could be seen brandishing placards in protest against the move.

Some placards carried inscriptions such as, "Lagos State, Intervene and remove all markings on properties in Magodo Phase 2."

Another said, "The action of Adeyiga Family could lead to loss of lives!! Gov. Sanwo-Olu act now!!!"

"Magodo Phase 2 has been under the siege of the IGP's anti-riot police squad for three weeks, Gov Sanwo-Olu save us," said another.

"LASG - Come out and let our tenement dues/land use charge collected speak for us," one added.

Governor Sanwo-Olu was said to have intervened, leading to the reopening of the gates as the Inspector-General of Police, Baba Usman, promised to withdraw the policemen.

However, the Chairman of the estate, Bajo Osinubi, said that despite Sanwo-Olu's intervention, residents have been leaving in fear as the armed policemen refused to leave.

He added, “More than 50 armed policemen are still around and they are restless and didn’t go for Christmas and New Year. In the morning and evening, they carry their guns around and you can imagine what will happen if there is a disagreement between the group and residents and somebody was shot, what will be the reaction of the IGP.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government had described the invasion as unwarranted and vowed to prosecute those involved in the invasion.

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