A mother of three, identified simply as Mama Esther, has been hospitalised after she slumped when her shop was demolished by officials of the Police Officers’ Wives Association.
It was gathered that POWA had given the tenants in its market at Pedro in the Somolu area of Lagos State a two-week notice to vacate the premises for demolition.
Our correspondent learnt that the demolition was to pave way for the construction of an ultra-modern market at the site by a developer.
However, at the expiration of the two-week notice on Thursday, April 8, 2021, shops in the market were demolished.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Mama Esther slumped when she got to the market and saw the wreckage of her shop and goods.
One of the traders in the market, Dupe Audu, said all entreaties to extend the vacation notice fell on deaf ears of POWA officials as they threatened to ensure the transfer of their husbands to the North-East if they refused to vacate the market.
“We were surprised to see the POWA officials in the market when they came to give us the notice. They went around the market and when they came back to address us, they said we should all vacate our shops, because they wanted to rebuild the market.
“When we asked them to give us time to get a better place, we were told to leave within two weeks or our goods would be thrown out and the shops would be demolished on our heads. We thought it was a joke. We were also asked to pay N700,000 each if we wanted to get our shops back after the market had been rebuilt.
“We were still looking for space when they came to the market and started removing the roofs and demolishing shops; they also threatened policemen’s wives, who were in the market, that if they didn’t vacate their shops, their husbands would be transferred to Maiduguri and other states in the North-East.”