The Lagos State Government has gone ahead with its plan to demolish the Ojodu retail market, Berger, several weeks after the traders stormed the Lagos Assembly in protest of the decision by the government.
The demolition of the market occurred barely 24 hours after the government commenced the removal of shanties at Oko Oba abattoir to ensure a healthy and hygienic abattoir condition in the state.
The demolition commenced in the wee hours of yesterday, Wednesday, April 19, 2017, with marketers caught unawares. As a result, many of the marketers in the market lost their wares to the demolition while some others tried to salvage what is left of their goods.
The marketers we gathered sought the help of truck pushers and other passerby while some brought in private and commercial vehicles to remove their goods.
It was learnt that policemen were on standby during the demolition exercise to avert any breakdown of law and order.
It was gathered that the marketers had no idea of the demolition by the government.
You would recall that the marketers led by the Treasurer of the Ojodu Market Men and Women, Alhaja Fadeke Bello, staged a protest march to the Lagos Assembly in January 2017 following the announcement of the demolition.
During the march, the protesters pleaded with the lawmakers to help put a stop to the demolition exercise, as the consequences would devastate their families.
Speaking during the protest, Alhaja Bello said “We heard that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode ordered the demolition of parts of the market which we did not agree to because the notice was short. They called us for an emergency meeting that they were coming to demolish the market and we told them that we could not accept that because of the short notice.”
Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari
The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.
This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.
The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.
Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:
-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;
-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;
-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force
-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;
-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation
-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government
-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.
-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.
IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations
With the rising violence in the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF).
This is a move to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba.
Mba said the IGP also “ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.”
“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari
The Nigeria Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking most parts of the country.
The Senate gave the directive during its plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmakers also ordered the Nigerian police to protect all #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.
The Senate also urged #EndSARS protesters to halt their march to enable the federal government to meet their demands.
The Senate asked President Buhari to set up a judicial panel of inquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution.
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