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Demolition: Residents displaced in Lagos

Our correspondent’s visit to the area following last week’s demolition of structures showed that thousands of residents, women and children were rendered homeless by the…

Our correspondent’s visit to the area following last week’s demolition of structures showed that thousands of residents, women and children were rendered homeless by the state government’s agency.

Reacting to the demolition exercise, most residents noted that they were taken unawares by the “Commando-like” operation of the State Task Force. They argued that there was no initial quit notice given to them by the state government or its officials.

One of the displaced residents, Mr Jaye Olalekan, explained the operation of the state agency had shattered plans and dreams of many of the young ones who could no longer go to school due to the development.

Mrs Daramola Aina, a mother of six, condemned the state government for demolishing their home. She described the action by the Task Force as high level of inhumanity to man. “ We have nowhere to go. Our children can not go to school. We have nowhere to lay our heads because the Task Force men did not allow us to remain in the area,” she said.

Another resident, Mrs Agnes Dorothy berated the state government for demolishing their home, noting that the area had not been marked for any form of development. She asked Governor Babatunde Fashola to pity the children and women among the displaced residents by providing an alternative accommodation for them.

Responding on the demolition exercise, the Chairman of the State Task Force, Superintendent of Police, Bayo Sulaimon, informed our correspondent that government moved into the area because it discovered some residents of the area were in possession of unauthorized guns.

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