Aggrieved residents of Oke-Egan Community in Eleko area of Ajah, on Friday, staged a peaceful demonstration at the Lagos State House of Assembly,.
The residents among others demanded compensation for the demolition of their houses by the state government.
According to the protesters, officials of the state demolished over 400 in the early hours of Monday, February 8, 2021.
Baring placards with various descriptions like “we have been demoralised, nowhere to go, “we need back our properties”, “our government has made its citizens helpless”, “we want our land back”, “we are low income people made homeless”, they chanted songs to drive home their demands.
Mr. Etim Odiase, the leader of the protesters affected residents were not served notice, saying the actions followed met words of mouth.
Odiase added that the residents informed their lawyer, who he said went to the office of the Surveyor General of the state last Friday, and that he was told that there was no issue.
“But, as at Monday morning by 3 am, they brought bulldozers and levelled about 400 completed houses and we are now on the streets.
“We were never told that the land had been acquired by the state government. Some of us from the community were told that the land was not under government acquisition.
“We want to know the reason the houses were demolished. We don’t know what is going on, we were never given any legal notice. Most of us are now on the streets and in hotels.
“We spent millions of naira on the houses, some of us have been living there for over 10 years. We just want to hear from the government the reason our houses were demolished. We want compensation from the government. We want the community back,” he said.
Another protester, Mr. Bisi Adetomo, said, “They rendered us homeless and destroyed our property worth billions of naira. We want them to come and help us.
“We want Governor Sanwo-Olu to restore our land to us, we want the governor to give us global Certificate of Occupancy over the land as a compensation for demolishing our houses, for putting us in emotional trauma and for putting our mothers in problem,” he added.
He said further that a letter was given to Hon. Fatai Mojeed, representing Ibeju-Lekki Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly and that he promised them that there would be no problem.
“The Surveyor General of the state promised us that our land would be free, the General Manager of NTDA promised us that our land would be free, but overnight they came with members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and men of the state task force to destroy our properties,” he said.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who addressed the protesters urged them to remain calm and be peaceful, saying that the House would address their grievances.
Represented by Hon. Lukmom Olumoh, representing Ajeromi/Ifelodun Constituency I, Obasa said that the matter would be addressed amicably.
He said: “I am here on behalf of the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and he has requested me to meet you and hear your grievance.
“The House of Assembly is your House and you voted us to protect your interest and you can be rest assured that your interest will be protected.
“This is because nobody in Lagos can treat the people of Lagos unlawfully on his or her property.
“You can have the best of assurance that this matter will be looked into critically by the House.
“I can assure you that very soon, you will get a favorable response and all I can tell you now is to be law abiding and should not take laws into your hands.”
Obasa assured that the House would carefully look into their petition.