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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Lagos State Govt Is On A Demolition Spree...

In recent weeks, the Lagos state government has embarked on a demolition spree of citizens’ places of business, in places such as Isolo, Mile 2, and Iponri, all in the name of restoring sanity to the state’s physical environment and securing the lives of Lagosians.




 While the state might justify with cogent reasons on the need to get going with its new-found love for wanton destruction, carrying out such activity with dreadful impunity, destroying people’s livelihood without recourse to the plight of the victims, especially during this period of a crunch economic recession, depicts how the state government indeed caters for the wellbeing of its citizens, the same people who elected them into power.


The Lagos state government bulldozer was, unfortunately, in action yet again on Friday, February 3, 2017, as it demolished a gas station, Olupese Oil, situated in the Oshodi area of the state.


Like a thief in the middle of the night, the government’s demolition machine moved to the petrol station just after 11 pm on that fateful day, flattening the entire place to rubbles. Properties destroyed include five dispensing pumps, four generating sets, and the freshly installed canopies. Aside the destruction, the station’s supermarket was looted by touts, its underground safe was broken and emptied, while its fifth generator, which could not be moved, was completely stripped.


In addition, all major documents, computers, and other electronic devices belonging to the oil company were buried in the debris.












27 comments:

Ibukunoluwa said...

Things in life with negative and positive consequences

Rhoda Rex said...

Hmmmmn

Sharon Aminu said...

Hmmmm

Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

This sounds like a one-sided report. Are the owners of the petrol station saying they didnt get a previous notification about this demolition? Stella, if we have to restore Lagos state and infact Nigeria back to sanity, im very sorry but many people will lose homes and businesses. Something has to give way. For Gods sake this city is a mess. No planning just buildings erected in unusual places. No fences, no green areas or parks, poor drainage or non-existence of drainage system sef. Its like once there's empty land something must be on top.

Till now i wonder who thought that the idea of putting markets and shopping complexes at junctions was a good idea. Or is it tbe culture of bringing market to the roadside? That singular act is the reason for terrible traffic in many places in lagos.

Yori Yori Princess Loveme Jeje said...

They should come and demolish some sides in my area too.

Anonymous said...

Hope the owners were informed before this demolition! Underground safe emptied! 😒

Miss Ess said...

So sad

oluwafunto said...

this is crazy........

Anonymous said...

Pls say amen. May ur place of business or house be the best option for Govt to demolish.

charitybino said...

Eeyah

Anonymous said...

Including ur house too. Say amen

Anonymous said...

Ode even without d markets,there will always be holdup,As long as every single person in lagos owns a car and puts it on d road at the same time. What of human traffic (enyin foot wagon nko). It's better all of u should go back to ur states/villages. Lagos was not planned for d multitudes we have now. Come next election,my vote must surely count. Becos I am not voting for APC again. Enough of dis CHANGE.

Anonymous said...

Ode even without d markets,there will always be holdup,As long as every single person in lagos owns a car and puts it on d road at the same time. What of human traffic (enyin foot wagon nko). It's better all of u should go back to ur states/villages. Lagos was not planned for d multitudes we have now. Come next election,my vote must surely count. Becos I am not voting for APC again. Enough of dis CHANGE.

Ny babe said...

Im not against this demolition but what are the alternative measures put in place for those affected? That's their means of livelihood for heaven's sake

Anonymous said...

It's about time, both sellers and buyers of wares in traffic, illegal structures and all what's not blocking drainage system, no pedestrian walkway should be addressed. Next thing they should look into is packing cars on the street. If you have a shopping mall kindly parking lots, landlords provide parking space for tenants.

Alloy Chikezie said...

Life can be sometimes unfair. I hope it's for the best.

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jelly said...

The owners should be well informed first before demolition .

Anonymous said...

It is sad and painful but the truth is that we know that a lot of illegal and unapprivef buildings spring up all over Lagos.
People build over water drainages and places meant for public use, just because of their selfish interest.
We all know of such in our various areas. There has to be some sanity in thia town

Anonymous said...

Too many people in Nigeria. Poor people stop giving birth to children that you cannot take care of. Useless people who cannot feed themselves but will still be giving birth. If I was the government I will lock you all up in prison for life or even give you death sentence for giving birth, and the useless father's di ck cut off.

Anonymous said...

@Anon 10:35 People like u are the ones who do not want the progress of this country. The report seem one sided.

@chikito well said!

DON™ said...

You make a whole lot of sense. Don't mind whoever call you name. They must have been notified before the demolition process.

Amacastel said...

May God have mercy on his children & judge our wicked leaders. Amen.

Anonymous said...

Well,everyone who bought those Estates flats are aware the govt was going to demolish illegal structures someday, Crying foul now is unnecessary. They should be dragging their landlords instead of LASG.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous calling another person ode don't you know it all adds up?

Anonymous said...

@Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire

Development came to meet the Olupese Property on that axis. The land was allocated to Meshack Babatunde Adeyemi, a retired soldier and war hero of the Nigerian Army by the Federal Military government in 1979.

The initial titleholder of the land got the relevant approval from the Ministry of Works to build a petrol station on that land in 1992, which was in existence even before the construction of the Agege Motor Road, and also got a Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) licence.

The petrol station being in existence for over two decades. However, the Akinwumni Ambode-led government since its inception in 2015, had insisted that the petrol station must give way for unspecified reasons. Empowered by the Land Use Act of 1978 (as amended), which vested ownership of all lands in a state to the state governor (except lands already occupied and reserved for the federal government), and the Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law of Lagos state, which was enacted in 2010, the state government began harassing the management of the petrol station and occupants of other buildings on the land to vacate the area and threatened to demolish the buildings.

Aware of the imminent danger posed by the demolition threat, the title owners through their lawyers, M.O. Obiora and Associates, had approached the State High Court seeking an injunction to halt the planned demolition by the state government. Fortunately this prayer was granted by the court, which issued an order restraining the state government and their agencies from carrying out any demolition activity on the station.

Despite the ongoing litigation and a court injunction issued, the Lagos state government, in defiance of the law, proceeded with the demolition at an ungodly hour.

Government can take over a land at any time if it has to do with road expansion, a market, or a school, the government can repossess a land, so far it would be used for public good and not for a private venture.

Because there is a subsisting court order, it is illegal what the government has done and the court will soon declare it so. The court must also issue an order to restrain the government from taking further action on the property until the case is concluded.

The owners of the property must be compensated.



Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

Lol. Thanks @Don. Intimidation wan kill them for this blog. Go to school them no gree 😂

Chikito The Professional Fire for Fire said...

Yes compensations should be in order of the land was duly allocated . But that means there was an awareness about government demolition plan.

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