Solagbade Ademola Olaifa, Public Relations Officer of Computer Village and Computers and Allied Product Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN), has accused Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, the Iyaloja-General of Lagos State, of making life unbearable for traders in the market with the influence of her father.
He said: “We want the government to tell the iyaloja general herself, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, that enough is enough. She should not come and destroy computer village. We have built this market for over 20 years and we’ve been enjoying peace with the host community. Installing this iyaloja and babaloja has brought sorrow and backwardness to the market and community.
“There are lots of levies imposed on traders in the market and I have documents to back that. They have circulated a lot of flyers that every member has to be paying a certain amount of levy. Even before federal or local governments impose any levy, it has to be publicly debated. When the local government wanted to increase their tenement rate, they called us and we came to an agreement.
“But this iyaloja decided on her own how much she wants to be collecting and she is using area boys to collect the money by force from us.
“We know this matter has been politicized. We are looking for someone, most especially the Jagaban, because he is the only person whose name is being dropped. Folashade Tinubu-Ojo is dropping Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s name to perpetrate evil as the leader of Lagos State.
“He is the apex leader in Lagos State. I don’t think he is aware of what is going on. I don’t think he’s aware. But they are dropping his name at every door step of every authority and when you hear his name, everybody bows down to listen to him and obey whatever instruction. We are looking for the opportunity to have one-on-one discussion with him and seek his opinion.”
Olaifa, who is also the spokesperson of coalition of 15 associations in the market, disclosed that they have instituted a legal action against Raolat Bisola.
He added that the iyaloja sent “her boys” to destroy and remove a gate recently erected at the entrance of Taiwo lane area of the market, after two shops were burgled during the coronavirus lockdown.
“Since the iyaloja came, she decided that she wants to take charge of Idowu lane, which has its own registered associations.
“The association recently did interlocking, constructed drainages and even ensured supply of electricity to the area on their own. They gathered money and decided to install a gate at the entrance of their business premises on Saturday after two shops were burgled during the lockdown.
“Iyaloja and her hoodlums and area boys, they came, destroyed and took away the gate. They arrested the chairman of Idowu lane business association and they also arrested chairman of Ogunbiyi community, which is the host community of computer village.
“We have our petition before the commissioner of police, Lagos State. We have at least three cases instituted against the Iyaloja. We are peace lovers and will always be on the side of the law,” he also stated.
Duru Chinenye decried levies imposed on them since last year.
“This situation should not be swept under the carpet. How can someone come from nowhere and begin to dictate how we do things here? Our businesses are suffering. At first, we thought it was a joke. Last week, they started collecting N100 from every person selling on the street.
“Then we shop owners should be paying them N1,000 every month, for what? After paying for shop rent, you pay local government levy, one bill or the other. Then some touts will come and be demanding money from you,” he grumbles.
He said: “What is iyaloja and babaloja in a market where people come from other West African countries to buy goods. Let them go, we don’t need them.”
Ishola Bashiru alleged that the state government has decided to turn deaf ears to their plight.
“We have government but they’ve decided to pretend as if we are not saying anything. We don’t have government. Computer village is number one in Africa, but look at what is happening. We pay tax to the state government, pay for LAWMA, pay local government levy. The state know how much they generate here monthly,” he stated.
“They will say they will not do this or that because they are under CAPDAN, or this one. We imposed the N1,000 monthly levy on shop owners because we have to clear the drainages, sweep the streets in the market. Or are they the ones sweeping the streets?
“If they are saying they don’t want iyaloja in computer village, they are not the ones to tell Lagos State what to do. Their matter is inconsequential.”
She added: “I’m not aware of any court case against me, but whatever they want to do, they should go ahead.
“On the issue at Taiwo lane, I’m the iyaloja. That area is part of the market I oversee, so how could some people decide to shut me out. I went to the police station, i explained to them and they ordered that the gate should be removed. That’s all I can say.”
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