LAGOS – Some Residents of Okobaba in Ebute-Metta area of Lagos Mainland Area of Lagos, on Monday, staged a peaceful protest at the entrance of the Lagos State House of Lagos, over the alleged demolition of their offices and makeshift houses.
The protesters, numbering about 200 chanted various protest songs, as they also displayed placards with inscriptions such as, “Is Tomori, Oloto above the law?” ‘Tomori is threatening us with thugs and Police’; ‘Oloto and Tomori have rendered us homeless’, among others.
In a petition addressed to the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the residents of Okobaba alleged “Our homes, offices and workshops were totally destroyed by Tomori without any prior notice or proper engagement with community members.”
They also claimed that residents of the area have now become “jobless, scavengers and walking corpses.”
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Chairman, Wood Turner Association, Chukwuka Ogbonna, explained that after the Okobaba sawmill was razed by fire on November 8, 2019, “a lawyer called Tomori representing the Oloto family visited the scene in the month of December and ordered arrest and detention of 17 people for daring to rebuild the burnt offices and structures.”
He noted that the demolished sawmill cuts across three streets ranging from; Kano, Jebba and Ondo Streets, adding that the Lagos state government is yet to fulfil its plans of relocating them from the sawmill to a permanent site at Agbowa Ikosi in the Ikorodu area of the state.
A traditional ruler in the area, who also accompanied the protesters, Oluwaseyi Awodiya called on the state government to set up a panel of enquiry on the land dispute at Okobaba and cause of November 8, 2019 fire incident.
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