By Akinwande Soji-Ojo
Residents of Magodo Estate Phase Two in Lagos State are currently protesting the planned demolition of houses in the estate
The residents converged in front of the estate on Tuesday, demanding the intervention of the state government. The protesters said they are expecting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to address them.
They hung placards around their necks with various inscriptions such as, “Gov Sanwo-Olu stop the illegal possession of Magodo phase two properties which were legally bought from the LASG!”; “The action of Adeyiga family could lead to loss of lives. Gov Sanwo-Olu act now!”; “Mr governor act now, lives are being threatened by the continued presence of the IGP’s team”; “LASG — our C of O is genuine.”
Recall that some police officers said to have been accompanied by hoodlums arrived at the estate with bulldozers on December 21.
The hoodlums marked some houses in the estate with an inscription which reads ‘ID/795/88 possession taken today 21/12/2021 by court order,’ in what appeared to be a move to demolish the marked houses.
But members of the Magodo Residents’ Association (MRA) locked up the gates leading to the exit and entry points of the estate in a bid to resist what they described as “forceful takeover.”
Following the intervention of the Lagos State Government, the police withdrew and normalcy returned to the estate the following day.
The Lagos State Government later released a statement, condemIng the attempt to demolish houses in the estate and vowed to prosecute invaders.
Moyosore Onigbanjo, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, said the case dates back to the demolition of properties at Shangisha village between 1984 and 1985, after which a Supreme Court verdict ordered the state to give the Shangisha landlords 549 plots of land as a “matter of first priority.”
Onigbanjo, however, said the verdict of the Supreme Court only relates to “allocation” and not “possession” of any land.