It may be a bad news to Alaba Rago traders, but the Lagos State Government has the final say.
Also, it is clear that the government of Lagos State took this hard step because they have the interest of the people at heart.
Before now, the Lagos State Government has been negotiating with the representatives of the occupiers of the Alaba Rago over the modernization of the market.
According to Punch, The joint team, which was led by Commander, Rapid Response Squad, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi and Chairman, Lagos State Environment and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), Sola Jejeloye, met the occupants of the market on Thursday to update them on the new directive. They were given a 14-day vacation order.
According to Punch, this was contained in a statement titled “Alaba Rago: Lagos serves eviction notices”.
The state government now sees the market as a criminal den harbouring dangerous criminals, hence, the need for it’s modernization.
Recall that last week, several guns were recovered in the market by Ojo police. More so, drug dealers also revealed that they regularly funnel drugs through the area to other parts of the state.
Egbeyemi said that the above is the more reason why the government need to act quickly to modernize the area to create and maintain orderliness.
He added that the filthy condition of the area has been giving the government sleepless nights. Therefore, modernizing it will be in the interest of the occupiers.
He also pleaded with the occupiers to avoid reading religious and ethnic motives into the exercise as the State is a convergence point for all Nigerian, irrespective of religion, ethnicity or tribes.
Jejeloye also said that the government had the plan of demolishing the area during Ramadan, but the government was sensitive to delay the eviction to allow those who traveled to their different locations for Ramadan to return.
He warned that if the 14-day ultimatum given to them to temporarily relocate for the exercise expires, the team would not give the occupiers another chance.