Residents of Magodo Phase 2 staged a protest this morning, January 4, about the ongoing presence of armed police officers in the community following an invasion last month and the planned demolition of buildings.
Remember that a gang of armed police officers invaded the estate in December 2021 after a family in Lagos state claimed they had a court injunction to retrieve the ground on which part of the houses were erected. The invasion was deemed unjustified by the Lagos state administration, which promised to prosecute all individuals involved. The police men have not been drawn out of the estate since the invasion in December.
Residents who are protesting believe it is unacceptable for armed police officers to continue to barricade their neighborhood.
Speaking during the protest the Chairman of Magodo Residents’ Association, Bajo Osinubi, said
“We called our people out to protest this morning over 50 policemen living within the estate. We want the police out of our estate. There are no cases of kidnapping, rioting, but why are they still here? We want them out of our estate.
Just imagine there is an altercation between a resident and the police. The easiest way to avoid any such scenario is to detach the police officers back to Abuja.
We’ve allowed people to go out, but we are protesting this morning to let the world know what’s going. We are supposed to be at work, but we want the whole world to know what’s happening at Magodo.
The governor spoke with me yesterday (Monday), and he said he’s on top of it. He has promised to address the situation.
The Commissioner of Police last week sent the DCP Ops to supervise the withdrawal of troops but they claimed they are yet to get signal. We learned the police were drafted from Abuja.
Our immediate concern is to get the police out of the estate for us to leave in peace. We need the government to do the needful to get the family off our neck. About four to five years ago, they did it, and now again this year, they want to do it.”
They called on the Lagos State government to intervene into the matter.