The Lagos State Government has gone ahead with its plan to demolish the Ojodu retail market, Berger, several weeks after the traders stormed the Lagos Assembly in protest of the decision by the government.
The demolition of the market occurred barely 24 hours after the government commenced the removal of shanties at Oko Oba abattoir to ensure a healthy and hygienic abattoir condition in the state.
The demolition commenced in the wee hours of yesterday, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, with marketers caught unawares. As a result, many of the marketers in the market lost their wares to the demolition while some others tried to salvage what is left of their goods.
The marketers we gathered sought the help of truck pushers and other passerby while some brought in private and commercial vehicles to remove their goods.
It was learnt that policemen were on standby during the demolition exercise to avert any breakdown of law and order.
It was gathered that the marketers had no idea of the demolition by the government.
You would recall that the marketers led by the Treasurer of the Ojodu Market Men and Women, Alhaja Fadeke Bello, staged a protest march to the Lagos Assembly in January 2017 following the announcement of the demolition.
During the march, the protesters pleaded with the lawmakers to help put a stop to the demolition exercise, as the consequences would devastate their families.
Speaking during the protest, Alhaja Bello said “We heard that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode ordered the demolition of parts of the market which we did not agree to because the notice was short. They called us for an emergency meeting that they were coming to demolish the market and we told them that we could not accept that because of the short notice.”