After officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development, security agents, and hoodlums demolished approximately 200 buildings in the Oke-Ira community in the Igbogbo Bayeku Local Council Development Area of the state, three landlords reportedly died of shock and eight others were hospitalised.
Punch states that during the 10-hour demolition exercise, three landlords died of shock.
At least eight landlords were hospitalised as a result of the demolition’s traumatic effects.
Following the demolition, even more landlords and residents have been forced homeless.
According to the article, the government crew invaded the neighbourhood with three bulldozers shortly after 10 a.m., when some of the landlords and inhabitants had already left for work.
According to the article, the relevant landlords and locals reported that government personnel, lead by one Engineer Omotoso, claimed they were acting on the directions of the state governor, Babade Sanwo-Olu, without providing a demolition order.
The affected members of the neighbourhood claimed that the team’s thugs blocked them from retrieving their belongings while the demolition was in progress.
A community landlord, Akinkunmi Olapade, told Punch that the demolition displaced hundreds of family members.
He stated, “My demolished building is worth N25 million.” Around 10 a.m., I learned that certain government officials had entered the neighbourhood accompanied by police, troops, thugs, and bulldozers from Lagos State Town Planning.
“Upon seeing the police officers, I was directed to Engineer Omotoso, who informed me that they were in the neighbourhood for demolition. Over 100 structures were demolished on New Life Estate, while another 100 structures were razed outside the estate, but still on Oke Ira Family property.
“They never informed us of the impending demolition; they simply arrived and began demolishing buildings. As we speak, I sleep every day in my car. I left my family at a friend’s house; the room was too small to accommodate us all, so I told them I would find another place to sleep. I have been dozing while driving.
“A number of landowners were hospitalised after being attacked by the thugs. As they demolished their homes in their presence, they fell and were brought to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead. One of the deceased landlords was Mr.
During a visit to the community, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba Semiudeen Kasali, called for calm and assured the victims of justice.
He stated, “I am aware that wrongdoing occurred, but God will show us the way. Those who have perished will not have died in vain. God will grant them eternal rest. I believe that God’s grace is not limited by location; God will not abandon you.”
Benjamin Hundeyin, the state police’s public relations officer, stated that he was unaware of the occurrence.