By Cleopatra Eki
This is a black Wednesday for many residents, shops owners and landlords of Osho community Lagbasa Ajah Lagos. As there was massive demolition of houses, shops, koisks to construct road inside community.
The people woke up to sound and noise of caterpillar demolishing houses one of the streets. Prior to now,the street was a beehive of activities, we have people selling water from Big tanks, chemist and provisions, canteen,kiosk for noddles, slippers shops, Gin and wine shop , Betting shops a among others.
The situation is sad and pathetic, most persons , families are stranded, bitter and frustrated especially at this trying times.
Sadly, a part of the late Bale’s house at the middle of both street were severely demolished.Last year, the other street was constructed with a few houses and shops were affected unlike today’s demolition decried resident.
Speaking to some residents , they said we are only given l month notice which was not enough. Others said they were caught on unaware by this sudden demolition.
Another landlady daughter, Mama Alicia keys lamented that the corpse of her grand mother was exhumed after 4years burial.lt is sad and degrading The Scoper metro also observed that over 7 graves were exhumed during this demolition process, Osho people are very pained by demolition of houses by the Lagos State Task Force, which has seen many residents lose their belongings and homes.However, council officials and Ajah market council team were all ensuring that there was peace and orderliness during the demolition.They were not willing to grant interview but said it was order from the government in Alausa lkeja Lagos. The government would not just destroy people’s homes but provide good roads for her citizens.
The Scoper Metro reports, “We plead Governor Sanwo Olu to come to our rescue.””Our families, women and children had been rendered homeless as some hooded task force officials invaded the community, houses and demolished others.
The community is in total black now because electricity was disconnected during the exercise.
Scavagers, Abokis, touts and areas boys had a filled day, as some allegedly carted away some house properties like items ,iron rods, sinks, planks to sell for a meal or all in a pretext to save people’s belongings.
One of the Mallam Shewu who sells provisions in a shop was affected . He is very sad but has his natives help him rescue his goods during demolition.
Mrs Chidi said “l have to manage an abandoned house nearby to save my entire family, including 2 toddlers and her sister, instead of sleeping outside after our house was demolished.She said, “l am very disturbed and disorganized,”
“The state government should tell us where they want us to go. They have succeeded in rendering us homeless. We have been sleeping outside If it’s raining, we will suffer.
Another landlord said my compound was demolished saying it will be used as a roundabout I don’t have anywhere to go. Sanwo-Olu should help us so that they will stop the demolition. “I went to work. When I came back, I saw my house in ruins now. I have lost of my belongings in this process l am stranded. Where do they want us to go? Where do we start from?
Reports from the government quarters allegedly, said the state government was only removing shanties and criminal hideouts in the area.
“The state government did not demolish the homes of the people but want to construct good road for the community. When some of these people commit crimes, they run into that place for shelter in such areas. These were the structures that were demolished.
“The duty of the government is to ensure that we keep the people and the environment safe.
On 2day of demolition incident, Today”s situation report, Most families on the opposite street have arranged the Abokis to break their marked houses.
Speaking to Mr Albudraheem Gbadeyan Lagos task PRO on a phone said he was on his way to another meeting at Alausa , but we check his table if there any report like .
He promised to send me the contact to get the PRO Lagos state ministry of works to get his input about exercise. As at time of reporting l am yet to hear from them.