Lagos Govt Levels Berger Market, As Traders Count Loses

The popular Berger Market, Ojodu was brought down by Lagos State illegal structure demolition team on Thursday, throwing traders and shop owners into disarray.

Men of the state Task Force Unit on Environmental and Special Offences Unit supervised by Operation MESA, OP MESA moved heavy duty construction equipment to the market as early as 10am to knock down the stalls and stores in the market.

The market located right at the popular Berger Bus Stop in Ojodu Local Development Area had been under litigation before Thursday when the suspected government agent came in compliance with Lagos High Court judgment suit number: ID/10900/2000.

According to findings, a former state governor had served the shop owners notice to vacate the market but the traders had refused over the years.

However, the presence of military men forced them to quit on Thursday as many of them complained that they did not received any quit notice.

“Some of us have just paid our rent to the shop owners, they never told us anything about demolition, “a trader said.

Also speaking, a security man at the market, Mr. Rufus said that he was not told of any plan to demolish the market. He said, “I just saw them this morning as they ordered my colleague to vacate the pedestrian gate.”

“The soldiers and policemen moved in and asked all the traders to pack their goods. Some of them did not know what to do. They were just crying,” Rufus said.

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