Assembly says it will not hesitate
to sanction any Executive
Secretary of local government and
council development areas in the
state that acted contrary to the Act
setting up the councils in the state.
A member of the Assembly,
Honourable Tunde Buraimoh
said while receiving traders from
Ashade retail market, Agege, who
are protesting alleged demolition
of the market by Agege Local
Government area, and a
The traders, who were led to
the State Assembly by a human
rights group, the Committee for
the Defence of Human Rights,
CDHR, appealed to the Assembly
to stop the proposed demolition
of the market by the Agege Local
Government Council, and a
developer, whose name was given
as Mrs Dosumu.
Buraimoh, who represents
Kosofe Constituency 2 at the State
Assembly, urge council bosses
to operate within the laws that
established the local councils in
the state, adding that the state
assembly will sanction anyone
that acted contrary to such law.
The traders in the protest letter
captioned: “petition against the
Executive Secretary of Agege
Local Government Council on
unjust/illegal and gross disregard
to rule of law in demolition of
Ashade retail market Phase 1”,
stated the developer and armed
military personnel stormed the
market on Thursday 24 and do
Friday, March 25, at about 5am,
and demolished about 60 shops
while goods worth millions of
naira ware catered away.
Further, the traders alleged that
the local government council and
developer had informed them
that the demolition is aimed at
developing the market.
Also, they alleged that the local
government and the developer
have acted in flagrant disobedience
to a court injunction dated
September 18, 2015, delivered by
Justice A. M. Lawal of Ikeja High
Court of Lagos, which restrained
the council and two others from
demolishing the market pending
the hearing and determination of
a motion on notice filed by some
stakeholders in the market.
Buraimoh, who represented the
Speaker of the House, Mudashiru
Obasa, commended the traders
for approaching the Assembly on
the matter.
“We in this parliament do not seat
on the throne of injustice, we seat on
the throne of justice, and we sacrifice
no other consideration because
nothing comes before justice.
“You elected us here, executive secretaries were not elected by the
people, they were put there by
us, if they must not do anything
against the wishes of the people.
The must act according to people’s
wish because the true sovereignty
is in people.
“The Executive Secretaries should
not wrong the judiciary; that is not
right. I want to assure you on behalf
of the Speaker that we will look at
your petition and act speedily.”

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