Mosafejo residents cry out over demolition of houses


Eromosele Ebhomele
FILE PHOTO: Former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (middle), and his team former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr.Aderemi Ibirogba (right), his Transportation counterpart,Hon. Kayode Opeifa (right), Chairman, State Task Force, Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Adebayo Sulaimon (2nd left) and the Chairman, Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Babatunde Oke (left) during Governor Fashola’s inspection of Mosafejo, Market, Oshodi with other members of the State Executive Council.
The name, Mosafejo, ordinarily means ‘I run away from trouble’, but the people living in Mosafejo village, in the Oshodi area of Lagos, are currently deeply troubled. Many of them have been rendered homeless.
The residents stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday morning calling on the lawmakers to save them as their houses had been demolished by officials of the state government.
According to them, the demolition exercise was carried out by agents of the state Ministry of Physical and Urban Planning.
The protesters, chanting save-our-soul songs, were armed with placards carrying inscriptions such as: “We are now homeless”, “This is not the change we voted for”, “Please save our community”, “This is injustice”, “We want justice for Mosafejo community”, “they pushed us away from our house with bulldozer”, “We have always been voting for you, don’t afflict or oppress us”.
The protesters called on the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, as well as their representative, Folajimi Muhammed, to prevail on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to restore their property.
The group also appealed to Senator Olamilekan Adeola, and House of Representatives member, James Faleke, to save the community from further demolition.
The aggrieved residents handed a protest letter to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
In the letter with title: ‘Invasion/Demolition of Mosafejo Village, Oshodi By Lagos State Government: A Call For Justice,’ and signed by Comrade Buna Olaitan of Human …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper