*Shop Owners Cry Out, Say They Have Court Injunction On The Market
Owners of the shops at the Ashade Phase 1 Market in Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State have described the activities of land grabbers in the market who demolished their shops as illegal, saying they have court injunction stopping the Agege Local Government and land speculators from doing so.
About 60 shops were allegedly pulled down while property worth millions of Naira were either looted or destroyed when the land grabbers descended on the market in the early hours of Thursday.
Traders at the market said they were not given notice adding that the land grabbers came on Thursday morning when they were not expected to be in the market due to Thursday’s environmental sanitation exercise in the state.
Speaking against the alleged illegal demolition, Alhaji Tunde Aborode who has about 15 shops in the market said the demolition was done by Alhaja (Mrs.) Dosumu, an estate developer, in connivance with Risikatu Iyabo Ramon, the Iya Oloja of the market, and the Executive Secretary of Agege Local Government.
Alhaji Aborode who said that they bought the shops from the government added that when the plot to sell the market with the connivance of Iya Oloja whom he claimed does not own a single shop in the market was hatched, they, owners of the shops, went to court last year and got court injunction restraining them from doing so, adding that they took the laws into their hands.
He thanked Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, for intervening, saying without his intervention, the over 500 shops in Phase 1 of the market would have been destroyed.
Pastor Victor Onuoha who sells provisions in the market said that he was in the market on Wednesday but did not get any notice that the shops were to be demolished.
He said that he was at the Ikeja Bus Stop preaching on Thursday morning when he was called on phone that his shop had been demolished and the goods inside the shop destroyed.