14th October, 2010
There was pandemonium at Fela Hamed street in Ikorodu West Local Council DevelopmentÂ Area, Lagos, southwest Nigeria recently when some hoodlums alleged to be members of theÂ National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, stormed the area with an earth movingÂ vehicle (Caterpillar) and wanted to demolish some houses, but the landlords and residentsÂ resisted the attempt.
Speaking on the matter, the vice chairman of the Fela Hamed Community DevelopmentÂ Association, Mr. Matthew Eyarhouo, said a group of people who claimed to be members ofÂ the NURTW, came with a notice board and erected it at the entrance to the street. TheÂ group said they wanted to build a garage and a market in the area and almost immediately,Â without any notice, started to demolish some houses.
â€œWe were very surprised and asked them for the court order or authority their action wasÂ based on. They claimed that they were from the Lagos State government, but we called theÂ council chairman in the area, he told us they knew nothing about the demolition. So weÂ called in the police, and they were able to arrest some of them, while the signboard wasÂ removed and taken to the Owutu Police Station.
A resident, Mrs. Eunice Bello, proprietress of Stand Firm Nursery and Primary school,Â said some of the hoodlums came into her school and ordered her to send out all theÂ children because they are about to demolish the building. She said she told them sheÂ bought the land from the Coker family and that she had all the necessary documents, butÂ she said they got unruly and she alerted the chairman of the CDA, who called in theÂ police.
A representative of the Coker family, Mr. Bayo Balogun, told P.M.NEWS that the hoodlumsÂ are joking, as the family knew nothing about the demolition. Secretary to the localÂ government, Ikorodu West LCDA, Hon. Shamsideen Onabokun, also dissociated the councilÂ from the act and stated that the local government does not know anything about theÂ demolition.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested some of the hoodlums and commenced investigation intoÂ the matter.