16 December 2012

Nigeria: Community Protests Amosun's Planned Demolition of 300 Buildings

Residents of Aro Love Estate in Sango-Ota in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun state weekend staged a peaceful protest following the plan by the State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to demolish 300 houses in the area to pave way for the construction of a modern market.

The residents put the estimated value of the houses and other.

buildings within the estate which had been marked for demolition at over N2 billion.

When THISDAY visited the area during the protest, it was discovered that the state Urban and Regional Planning Board (OGURPB) had last week marked about 300 buildings in the area for demolition with notices already served on the occupants to vacate their property within seven days.

The residents, under the aegis of Aro Love Estate Community Development Association, protested what they described as "an unjust move to render them homeless."

The residents who carried placards with various inscriptions, insisted that their land did not fall under government acquisition, adding that they were in possession of all the title documents of the land.

Speaking on behalf of the protesters, a resident, Mr. Akeem Soola, said it was absurd that the government started marking houses for demolition without carrying along property owners at the estate nor discussed any form of compensation.

Soola, a surveyor, disclosed that the said land, which according to him, is about 24.1 acres, was duly sold to the occupants by the original land owners of Aro family.

"I have been with the family that sold this land to all these residents for 17 years. Government officials just came here on Monday and started marking our houses without asking the residents where the local government boundary is," he said.

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