Hundreds of displaced residents of Otodo Gbame community were on Wednesday tear gassed by the police as they sought to forcefully enter the Lagos State Government House, Alausa, to protest against the destruction of their homes.
Some of the inscriptions displayed on their placards read: ‘90 Maroko houses demolished,’ ‘300,000 evicted, land sold to the rich,’ ‘Ambode is a soldier in agbada,’ ‘Ambode is a land grabber,’ among others.
The group’s spokesman, Paul Kunnu, told reporters that government officials promised to resolve the matter as he claimed they were asked to document their requests.
But, according to him, their requests were not given any consideration, which came as a shock to them.
“They promised to give us special assistance in the area of foodstuff, but that is not our demand. We only want our lands back.
“Anytime we tried to refer them to it, they would stylishly deviate from it. In fact, at our last meeting with them, they told us not to mention anything about the land again or else they would send us away. Anytime the policemen come around, they would come with hoodlums and set our houses on fire.
“We want to go back to our land. Till today, our people are sleeping inside the boat. We usually squeeze ourselves in boats and not all of us own boats. This is where our forefathers lived even before the present government was born. They can’t send us away,” he said.
What the court said
The High Court of Lagos state sitting in Igbosere had dismissed the contempt proceedings against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Striking out the application, the trial Judge, Justice S. A. Onigbangbo, stated that, ”the court lacks the jurisdiction to charge the governor of the state because of the immunity he enjoys.