Residents of Magodo area of Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, were left stranded as the crisis between the landlords and the State Government deepens.
Gatekeepers News reports that the development follows a judgment delivered on February 10, 2012, by the Supreme Court, which mandated the Lagos State government to give back 549 plots of the Magodo land which it ‘fraudulently took’ from the original landowners between 1984 and 1986.
Chief Adebayo Adeyiga, Chairman, Shangisha Landlord Association, in a statement, explained that the “Judicial Struggle for Magodo Land started in 1984, when the then Military Government of Gbolahan Mudashiru demolished our houses, after the forced acquisition of the entire land area for public use.
“But we later found out that the Government, instead of using the land for public use, was sharing it among officials and wealthy individuals.
“We the members of the Shangisha Landlord Association challenged them and entered into negotiation. When this failed we instituted a civil action against the State Government and the officials involved in 1988.
“The matter went through the High Court, the appeal court and the Supreme court that dropped its hammers in 2012 with an order that members of the association should as a matter of first priority be given 549 plots of land in the area.
“Since 2012, the process of harvesting the fruit of our Supreme Court Judgement has been a Herculean task because the Lagos State Government felt it is greater than the law. Even the then-Attorney General of Lagos State Ade Ipaye boosted to our Lawyers, that despite the judgement of the Apex Court, no inch of the land in Magodo will be yielded to any member of the Landlord Association.”
Adeyiga said the landlords have “exhausted what is expected of law-abiding citizens of the nation by following due process in this matter but the government of Lagos state has not deemed it necessary to obey court orders.”
In a video seen by Gatekeepers News, residents of Magodo were locked out and many buildings were already marked for demolition with court backing as the landlords geared up to take back their lands irrespective of the houses that have already been built on them after waiting for years to no avail.
See video below: