By Onozure Dania
Leaders of the New Site Shopping Mall and Warehouse, Alaba International Market have called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris to give them protection over their property at Kemberi Okomaiko, besides Alaba Rago.
Speaking in Lagos, leader and spokesman for New Site Shopping Mall, Eze Greg-John Ezebuadi, said unless the IG intervenes speedily by providing policemen to protect them and the workers on the site, hundreds of hoodlums, miscreants, hemp smokers, drug peddlers, robbers and other criminal elements that have turned the site into their haven, will frustrate the traders’ bid to commence evacuation of mountains of refuse dumped at the site following the illegal demolition of the existing structure on the land by the personnel of the state Task Force on September 7, 2016.
According to Ezebuadi, the current situation on the property where criminals and hoodlums have turned their abode has become a serious security challenge to the community.
He said, “It is very sad that taskforce officials were deceived by a company and one Akande to carry out the illegal demolition after we have expended over N52million on the property.”
According to the Igbo traders, the land was duly acquired in 2008 from two families Adetona Cambel and Omo Eledowe.
“We acquired 48 plots of land from the two families and had been in peaceful possession until 2010 when one Almotson led by Akande came and claimed ownership of the property.”
The investigation commenced by Zone 2 Command, Lagos ordered by the IG was frustrated by one Akande who shunned police invitation five times.
The petition of the New Site Shopping Mall and Warehouse was received by the IG’s office on December 13, 2016.
Already Justice Bola Okikiolu of the Lagos State High Court in June, 2016 refused Almotson’s prayer to restrain the traders from the property and struck out the motion for interlocutory order file by Almotson.
The court ordered accelerated hearing of the matter.