Residents of Badia East have protested the demolition of the houses by the Lagos State Government.
According to Premium Times, protesters from Badia East, Ijora, in their hundreds, stormed the Office of the Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in Alausa, Ikeja, to ask him to stop the Ojora family of Lagos from demolishing and forcefully them.
The Lagos state government had demolished part of the community in 2013 but was forced to stop halfway following widespread local and international condemnation, but a World Bank loan was later secured to develop the demolished areas and compensate those whose homes were destroyed.
Residents of the area decried the actions of the Lagos State government. A statement issued by the residents disclosed that government officials have been harassing them in the area and pulling down buildings discriminately.
Within a few hours, thousands of us were outside by the rail line or amidst rubble with what few possessions we could salvage. Thousands of us have no option but to sleep outside.
The residents of Badia East claimed that the government has neither relocated nor compensated them. They also claimed that the former administration promised not to demolish their houses. One of the residents told reporters that;
The reason we are here to protest is because the former governor of the state, Babatunde Fashola, promised that the community will not be demolished. Some of us took loans from banks to invest in the community.
Now that our houses have been demolished, we don’t know how to pay back the loans. That is why we are appealing to the government to come to our aid and stop the demolition.
The Lagos State Government has been accused of indiscriminate demolition and highhandedness.