Officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation on Wednesday, begun a demolition exercise in the popular Ojodu market in the Berger area of Lagos state.
The demolition which continued today, with policemen on standby to avert any resistance saw many of the affected traders scouring to protect their goods.
The traders lamented that there was no prior information as regarding the demolition.
It was also reported that the exercise came less than 24 hours the same official impounded about 70 motorcycles, popularly known as okada in Berger.
While reacting to the situation, Iyaloja of Ojodu- Berger, Abibat Adelayo Adegbola, said she was she did not have any idea of the government’s plan to demolish the market.
She also said her efforts to reach the Lagos state government was snubbed.
“We were not aware that they were going to demolish the market; nobody told us anything. There is an issue, but all attempts to speak with the governor and the government officials were unsuccessful,” she said.
In responding to the issue, the Task Force spokesperson, Taofiq Adebayo, said the agency acted on a petition from members of the public that motorcyclists disrupted free flow of movement at the newly constructed slip road at Berger bus stop
Adebayo said the 34 impounded motorcycles seized have been forfeited to the state government.
By Bright Bassey