Three people were killed as the Lagos government, police, and hoodlums demolished more than 200 buildings in the city of Lagos.


After officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, security agents, and hoodlums demolished about 200 buildings at Oke-Ira community in the state's Igbogbo Bayeku Local Council Development Area, three landlords died of shock and eight others are said to be hospitalised.

Three landlords are said to have died of shock during the 10-hour demolition operation, according to Punch.

The shock of the demolition sent at least eight landlords to the hospital.

More landlords and residents have been displaced as a result of the destruction.

The government crew invaded the hamlet with three bulldozers around 10 a.m., when some of the landlords and inhabitants had gone to work, according to the journal.

According to the report, the government personnel, led by Engineer Omotoso, stated that they were acting on the directives of the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, without presenting a demolition order to the available landlords and occupants.

The community members who were effected claimed that while the demolition was taking place, the team's hoodlums barred them from retrieving their belongings.

Hundreds of family members were relocated as a result of the demolition, according to Akinkunmi Olapade, a local landlord.

"The value of my demolished building is N25 million," he stated. Around 10 a.m., I noticed that some government officials had arrived in the village, accompanied by police officers, troops, hoodlums, and bulldozers from the Lagos State Town Planning Department. 

I met with the cops and was sent to Engineer Omotoso, who informed me that they were in the neighbourhood for demolition. Over 100 structures were demolished on New Life Estate, with the remaining 100 structures razed outside the estate but still on Oke Ira Family property. 

They didn't give us any advance notice of the destruction; they just showed up and started tearing down buildings. Every day, as I speak to you, I sleep in my car. 

I dropped my family off at a friend's house; the room was too small for all of us, so I told them I'd find another somewhere to sleep. "I've been sleeping in the car for the past few days." 

Some of the landlords were hurt by the hoodlums, and they were taken to the hospital. We have two deaths because they collapsed while deconstructing their homes in front of them and were brought to hospitals, where they died. Mr Omotayo was one of the dead landlords."

During a visit to the community, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiudeen Kasali, pleaded for calm while assuring the victims of justice.

"I realise there was wrongdoing in what transpired," he added, "but God will show us the way." It will not be in vain for those who have died. They will be able to rest in peace thanks to God. I believe that God's grace is not restricted to a specific location; God will not abandon you."

Benjamin Hundeyin, the state Police Public Relations Officer, said he was unaware of the occurrence.


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