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Demolition: Tinubu assures displaced victims of justice

By Bose Adelaja

Former Logos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Armed Tinubu has intervened in the issues surrounding the alleged illegal demolition of Olokonla community in Ogombo, Etiosa local council development area of the State.

The National leader of All progressives Government APC, held a closed door meeting with some representatives of the community assuring them that their matter will be amicably resolved and formal proceedings follow after a period of seven days.

Residents of the community have since petitioned the government without luck until yesterday when Asiwaju Tinubu promised to wade into the matter.

Some of the victims before the meeting. Pix by Bose Adelaja

Counsel to the community, Oladotun Hassan‎, who spoke with Vanguard shortly after the closed door meeting, said, hope was underway. He said‎ “We the people of Olokonla community covering five villages in Etiosa have met with His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and we want to inform the world that he gave us a warm reception and has promised to intervene.”

He said the victims were hopeful that through the intervention, the Lagos State Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode wIll organise a peaceful resolution on the matter. “the State cannot develop without the people and we believe adequate measures will be taken on this matter Also, whatever resolution the government is coming up with will be in consonance with the request earlier presented to the Governor,” he said.

It will be recalled that the residents have organised series of protests in the past one month after property estimated at N15b were demolished by the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development on December 16, 2016 after they were served with Contravention notice.

The victims have since described the exercise as illegal saying it took place within 24 hours of the notice and many of the victims were allegedly brutalized by the Nigerian Army who provided security for the Ministry.

The exercise has received criticism by some well meaning Nigerians including the seasoned lawyers Femi Falana and Femi Aborisade.


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