– Issued one month quit notice
– Plead for AMBODE’s intervention
ON Tuesday, June 30, 2015, Mushin Local Government Area officials allegedly invaded the popular spare parts market in Ladipo, Mushin, Lagos, with some security men and hoodlums, fully armed, who were said to have destroyed some of the structures therein with a bulldozer at around 4.30 a.m. And in the process, some goods worth millions of naira were destroyed. Also, cash and valuables allegedly disappeared during the operation that was described illegal and wicked by the affected traders.
Few people ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke to in the area when we visited the market on Friday, July 3, 2015, also confirmed the incident. They described the action of the local government boss, Hon. Babajide Bello as hasty and uncalled for. They, however, agreed that the market needs redevelopment and the environmental degradation of the place be addressed. But they posited that due process must be followed.
One of the people, Mr. Samson Osaro said, “It’s true that people from Mushin Local Government Area came here very early in the morning on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. They brought a bulldozer with a view to demolishing the whole structure but they only removed some of the roofs, leaving some goods damaged. I think you can see the banner placed at the gate by the council on the directive of the Executive Secretary, Hon. Babajide Bello.
“They harassed and intimidated the traders, chasing them away with guns because they stormed this place with armed security men and area boys. We were all scared.
“The action was uncalled for and very hasty. Although it’s understandable that the structures are old and the environment is polluted, there is need for total redevelopment of the market. However, the approach must not be punitive but decent.”
ENCOMIUM Weekly also interviewed some of the affected traders and their leaders who also lamented undue harassment and intimidation by the local government forces. They also alleged destruction of goods worth over N200 m as a result of heavy downpour which occurred after the alleged demolition. They equally accused the members of the team of looting their shops, carting away cash and valuables also running into millions of naira.