Following the recent protest at the Magodo Phase II gate, Lagos State, where residents of the estate demonstrated a peaceful protest against alleged demolition of houses by the supreme court order, the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has assured the residents he is making investigations about the issue.
The two gates locked in the process of the protest that lasted for about 24 hours, were opened on Wednesday afternoon with people and vehicles moving freely.
Chairman of Magodo Residents Association (MRA), Bajo Osinubi, reportedly said they decided to open the estate’s gates owing to the promise made by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu that the state is “on top of the case.”
Some police officers, said to have been accompanied by a crowd of mainly youths, arrived with bulldozers on Tuesday evening and started marking some houses in the estate with the inscription: ‘ID/795/88 possession taken today 21/12/2021 by court order’.
The stern-looking Police officers were executing a Supreme Court judgment, which ordered the Lagos State government to give back 549 plots to the area’s original owners before it was fraudulently acquired over 38 years ago.
Tunji Abdulhameed, Legal Adviser of MRA, told The Cable that residents of the estate were not aware of any court verdict issued in favour of the Shangisha Landlords Association to demolish houses in the community.
“We are not aware of any court order which allows for any demolition of properties in this estate. We asked them to show us the papers, but they refused to show us the paper. We are aware that they obtained an order against the Lagos state government, the judgement which people believe is fake as no specific definition and no properties were mentioned.
“What the judgement said is that the Lagos state government should allocate 549 plots to them. As of today, no plot has been allocated,’’ he said.