Some shop owners in Oja Oba Ultra Modern Market and Suites have asked the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to reverse the decision to demolish their complex.
The traders described as unjust the seven day quit notice without any plan to compensate them.
A shop owner, who identified herself only as Alhaja Buhari, said traders were informed that the site was for the construction of bus terminals for the state government.
“We bought some of the suites of the complex from Soye Aderibigbe Developer. The issue has been on since 2017 and in 2018. The Lagos State Government gave us the assurance that our case had been resolved and that we were no longer affected. Suddenly, on Thursday, December 3, a quit notice was served that we should quit the complex. The number of shop owners within the affected complex are 48, including women and men,” she added.
Another shop owner, Mr Ayoade Abbas, said his mother bought two of the suites within the complex, saying he was devastated by the notice.
Another trader, Mrs Nkechi Fabusuyi, said, “I bought my suite in 2004. I am into telecoms. I thought the issue had been settled. In 2016, 16 shops out of our complex were demolished. Till now, no compensation has been made in that regard. Now, they came back and gave us seven days notice to quit. This is wickedness!”
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