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Urchins Go After Another Lagos Market, Sack Traders

Destroyed section of Ashada  market
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Andrew Utulu, Lagos

Commercial activities in Lagos State are increasingly coming under the threat of street urchins (Omoniles), who unlashed mayhem on markets, destroyed shops and sacked traders from their businesses.
Ashada market, located between the boundary of Agege and Ikeja Local Government areas of the state is the latest victim of the unruly activities of these street urchins.
The urchins believed to be working at the behest of a land developer, at the weekend of the Easter celebrations attacked the market, where they destroyed no fewer than 60 shops and property worth millions of naira.
The two phased market falls under the Agege Local Government and Ikeja Local Government, under whose jurisdiction Phase 1 and Phase 2 respectively fall.
Investigations by Independent, revealed that that was not be the first time some elements would attempt to take over the market.
Some years ago, a former Baba Oja of the market connived with Agege Local Government to take over the market, but he was resisted and removed from the position of Baba Oloja.
Last year, another attempt was allegedly made by the Iya Oloja of the market, one Risikatu Iyabo Ramon, in collaboration with the local government and a developer called Alamu Senigan.
It was gathered that the attempt prompted shop owners in the market to approach a Lagos High court, which gave an Interim Injunction restraining the ejection of the traders in the suit no. ID/956GCMW/2015 before Hon. Justice A.M. Lawal, dated 17 September, 2015, Mrs. Caroline Nwabueze, Mrs Bearice Agbara, Mrs. Efubeshi Joel, Mrs. Funmi Bello, Mr. Fabius Abanugha, Mrs. Uboh Funmilola Adetutu, Mrs. Uboh Bessy Joycee, Mr. Richard Eze, Mr. Badejo Olu and Mr. Tunde Aborode for the claimants and Agege Local Government Council, Mr. Monsur Alao Owolabi and MAO Links Limited for the defendants.
But like with the Ladipo market, the injunction had not been vacated when the land grabbers invaded and demolished Ashade market.
Alhaji Tunde Aborode, a trader alleged that the perpetrators connived with the Iya Oloja of the market, to destroy their shops.
Meanwhile, all parties to the dispute are scheduled to meet with the police on today (Tuesday.)
Edward Chuka Egbuka, Area Commander, Area ‘G’ Police Command, who confirmed that the police would meet with the traders, the local government officials and the developers assured that by a clearer The Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) assured that a clearer picture of what happened would emerge at the end of the meeting.
It could be recalled that in early march this year, persons suspected land grabbers destroyed over 400 shops at the popular Ladipo Spare Parts market in Mushin, Lagos State.
The latest incident is coming at a time the police have yet to fully investigate the Ladipo incident, which resulted in the death of at least one trader.