My family is now homeless

Chimobi Ezenwa, a man whose mansion worth N300 million was demolished in Lagos, says he is now homeless.

The Lagos State Government recently began the destruction of houses that allegedly violated the Lagos master plan.

Earlier today, November 24, residents of the Abule Ado area of ​​the state were filmed hastily removing their belongings after being given a 2-hour deadline before demolition began (read here).

In a video that trended on social media, one of those affected by the demolition said his house was demolished without warning.

He said: “My name is Chimobi Ezenwa and I am one of the victims of the ongoing demolition here in Abule Ado, Lagos.

“This is my property, it was demolished and there was no warning before trespassing on my property and destroying it. Even though I didn’t have an FHA (Federal Housing Authority) allocation, if they asked me to pay for land reclamation, I was ready to pay.

“They destroyed my property worth over 300 million here and now my children are homeless, I don’t know what to do next. Some of my neighbors are in the hospital because of strokes, things are happening. Therefore, we appeal to the government to help us stop the ongoing demolition in Abule Ado. The children are in the hospital, please, I’m begging you. I call on the Presidency to do something about this.

“Look at some people’s properties, even if they say some houses were built on the road, they have already finished demolishing those houses. Why enter the streets where people live? Now, children are homeless and cannot even go to school.

“About four people died as a result of heart attacks. We lost lives. My wife is also in the hospital because she can’t take it. I am very confused and homeless.

There is a committee going on that is making appeals but there is no response yet, but we are praying for a response because there are still demolitions going on here at the moment.”

Williams Ochemba, another owner whose house was demolished, said: “There have certainly been negotiations between the owners for a long time. We are discussing for better understanding.

“They threatened to do demolition, but we recovered it from the swamps and invested in it to this level, only to find out that it belongs to the Nigerian government, so we started negotiations with them and felt that things would not go like that. .

“All along we have been saying please consider us, that this exercise has a human face because we invested here in an ignorant way, and that there is an understanding between both parties, the families and the FHA. They then came to us and told us what we should do and what we were willing to do.

“Although mine was demolished, may others not be taken to the streets like me. Let’s let this stop while we negotiate and understand each side. I’ve been walking the streets and sleeping in the open. I have mosquito bites everywhere. This is for a lot of people, not just me. Homeowners and homeowners, we are left homeless.”

Watch below.

Several Igbo landowners died, some suffered strokes and many hospitalized as a result of the demolition of their properties by the Lagos State government.

Hundreds of Igbos are now homeless in Lagos after their homes were destroyed by the Lagos government.

– Somto Okonkwo (@General_Somto) November 23, 2023


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