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Makoko residents embark on peaceful demonstration

23 July 2012, 15:34

Lagos - Residents of Makoko, Yaba Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State,  on Monday, embarked on a peaceful demonstration, urging the government to stop the ongoing demolition of their homes.

Leader of the protester of the community, Mr Emmanuel Shemende, said that residents had moved 50 metres away from the power line, as directed by the government.

Shemende also appealed to the Chairman of the Council, Mr Olajide Jimoh, to assist the community in carrying their appeal to the governor.

``Our people are not violent, our community is a peaceful community and we are indigenes; why deny us the right to our homes?

``The government has rendered us homeless, we have nowhere to go to", Shemende said.

Another resident, Mr Joseph Ideebe, noted that the government should have mercy on them and stop the ongoing demolition, adding that they had not been given any alternative.

 ``We deal in fishing in this community. If we are sent out of this place, fish would be scarce for the people of the state, `` he said.

Jimoh, however, implored the residents to exercise more patience. He urged them to continue to live in peace and harmony, assuring that the government would look into their matter.


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