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Traders Storm LSHA Protest Planned Demolition Of Apapa Market

Posted: May 19, 2015 at 1:19 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tunde Opeseitan,  Lagos 


Traders at the Idi-Ose Market in Apapa area of Lagos on Monday protested against the alleged planned demolition of the market by a royal father, Oba Fatai Aromire Ojora.

The traders, who stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly to register their displeasure, said the royal father had given them latest May 21, 2015 to vacate the market or risk the destruction of their property.

The protesters displayed various placards such as: ‘Oba Ojora wants to become Baba Oja’; ‘Oba Fatai: Ojora stop harassing Idi-Ose market, Your Wahala too much’; ‘Lagos! Save our souls from Oba Ojora from selling Idi-Ose market to an hotelier’; ‘Oba Fatai Ojara, leave Idi-Ose market alone, don’t sell it to hotelier’; and Oba Fatai Ojora instead of selling Idi-Ose market to an hotelier better sell the palace,” among others.

Speaking on behalf of the group, the Iyaloja-General Apapa-Iganmu, Alhaja Nike Owoseni said she got the information about the proposed demolition on Thursday last week and she swiftly appealed for peace, adding that as the Leader of not less than 16 markets under her domain, she has been making move to resolve the impasse.

“When they called me on Thursday that they wanted to pull down the market, we went to police station to complain and we tried also to see the Oba but we were told that he was engaged in a festival. So I told my people to maintain peace.

“This morning, I was called again that some youth numbering about twenty were in the market harassing the traders. Our people wanted to retaliate by fighting them but we had to appeal to for calm,” she said.

Also speaking, the secretary of Idi-Ose Market, Pastor M. A. Adeoye said the Oba was treating them (the traders) as slaves, adding that the threat to vacate the market had been on since last year.

According to Adeoye, they were terrified over the audacity of the traditional ruler to order closure of the market that had been approved by the government, saying the power to give such order should have come from a local government authority.

Reacting, Lagos State Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, who was represented by the Chairman House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Segun Olulade promised that the House would intervene to resolve the issue.

According to him, “I want to express our gratitude to you on behalf of Mr Speaker for maintaining peace. We have received your petition and I can assure you that within the next 24 hours, we shall invite all the necessary parties that are involved.”