Residents accommodation distress is better appreciated from some of their accounts.
According to Mrs. Oluwatoyin Oshindele, the Iyalode of Iganmu-Alawo; “Since the demolition, I have been sleeping outside with my children. Some of them had to stop school because I had no fund for their education.”
Mr. Adewale Olaitan recounts; “Since the demolition, we’ve had no roof over our head. And this has caused the death of many people in the community. The mother of Ismaila Ganiyu and his siblings used to live here before the demolition. After the exercise, she relocated to a church where three of her children met their end.”
Chapman said that some of the displaced residents now sleep in the community health centre. According to her, “The last time I visited the centre in late November 2013, at least 30 displaced residents used to sleep there.”
She added: “It was constructed some decades ago and was recently renovated by Doctors without boundary. A small clinic was attending to the residents need for two years until December 2012, when it should have been taken over by the Local Government council, but the council failed to take over operations.”
At the last count at least a dozen evictees have died, many have no shelter, and there has been no assistance to date.