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Lagos govt demolishes Ladipo market without notice, shop owners weep

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Vice President of Ladipo market, Mr. Jude Chika Nwankwo, criticised the Lagos State government for demolishing over 300 shops without prior notice to the shop owners and market leaders. 

“It is so sad that an elected government can do this to its people,” he said.

“We were not given any notice to leave before today; we only came this morning to see ruins of our shops.

“Why should the government come like a thief in the night to do this? 

Our security man called me around 2:00 am and informed me of the presence of some government officials and policemen who came with caterpillars. 

“I immediately put a call through to the Commissioner of Police at 2:15am to inform him of the situation. 

“All he said was that there was no problem; that his men would be there to stop any illegal demolition.

“We are all family men now left with nothing to do, government has closed our source of livelihood; we are now helpless. 

“Many of the items in the shop had been looted except for some heavy spare parts difficult to carry. Personally, I don’t know where to go from here.

“I have incurred huge debt with the last consignment I got due to the dollar issue and now this,” he lamented.

An angry trader, who was picking debris of his goods yesterday, lamented failure of the government to issue any notice. 

“I kept N830,000 here yesterday but cannot find a penny. Everything has been looted. 

“I had goods worth N16.8 million buried under the rubble, should I carry all the goods on my head to my house? Do they want to turn us into armed robbers?” he asked.

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