A resident from the Oworonshoki and Idi Araba communities, situated in the Kosofe and Mushin local government areas of Lagos State, is grieving the loss of his pregnant wife and their newborn child after their homes were demolished without any alternative housing provided by the Lagos State government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The victim said that his wife died on Friday as a result of high blood pressure following the demolition of their home and destruction of properties.
He added that since their home was demolished by the state government, his pregnant wife developed high blood pressure that never went down until her death.
SaharaReporters had reported that the state government through the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources issued the affected residents only one week’s notice to vacate their homes, after which, the residents were thrown into lamentation as their homes were crushed down by the state government who provided them with no alternative shelters.
The affected residents have been protesting to register their grievances and plight over the continued demolition of their houses, without providing them with alternative homes and livelihood.
The residents have protested and marched along the streets of the area with various cards bearing various inscriptions including “Let us breathe, stop the demolition” “Our future is being truncated, stop the demolition” “No to Land grabbing” and “Don’t get elected to get us evicted.”
The protesting residents, including the aged, pregnant women and nursing mothers whose only homes have been demolished have demanded that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu should provide them with new houses and compensate them for destroying their properties.