At least 400 persons have been displaced after men of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Sanitation (Enforcement) Unit demolished their homes along Foreshore Road in the Lekki area of Lagos State on Wednesday.
The demolished houses were close to the Lekki Toll Gate, the scene of the alleged shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army on October 20, 2020.
Residents were only given 24 hours to remove their property, an affected individual told the Punch.
The individual said the officers, which also included police officers from the Maroko division, claimed that the houses were being destroyed over the decision of some of the residents to testify over the Lekki shooting incident.
“It happened at exactly 1.32pm. They broke all the fences around and destroyed the structures and houses.
“There is an uncompleted building in the compound, which was also demolished. More than 400 to 500 people have lost their houses. They are task force people and Maroko Police Station (operatives).
“They came yesterday and said they did not want to see anybody around the toll gate and we should remove our belongings. They said we were the people that testified against them during the #EndSARS protest, and they read the reports and knew many of us who spoke to the media.
“Some people took their property out, but others could not. They are still here as we speak, burning property yet to be removed. There is a heavy security presence around the toll gate.”
Muyiwa Adejobi, the Public Relations Officer of the Lagos Police Command, however, said he could not confirm the demolition exercise.
The spokesperson of the environmental task force, Taofeek Adebayo, asked for 30 minutes to find out why the community was demolished when asked for comment, according to Premium Times.
The newspaper added that when he was reached later, he said the state police command should be contacted for comment.