Hundred of Ori-Oke Alala residents in Makoko area of Yaba Local Council, yesterday staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, demanding justice over the invasion of their community on May 10, by policemen, led by the chairman, task force on land grabbers, Mr. Jide Bakare.
The protesters, who carried banners with different anti-government inscriptions, called for justice and action from the state government on the invasion that led to the death of four persons. For period they stayed before they dispersed, they dance and sang anti-government songs. Intermittently, they would sing gospel songs, mostly in their local dialect.
The protesters, led by the General Secretary, Ilaje National Alliance Movement, Comrade Alex Omotehinse, demanded that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode should immediately set up an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the incident and make recommendations, which should be made public.
He said the protest became necessary because the people who were attacked had their peace and right to life violated, adding that some of the residents, about 11, are still in the hospital receiving medical care as a result of the injuries from the attack.
He said those who were arrested were paraded as criminals, wondering what crime they committed since the case on the land that is in contention is still pending in court.
According to him, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, and the police disappointed the community by leading a team to harass members of the Ilaje community in Ori-Oke on a matter that is still in court.
Special Adviser on Civic Engagement, Mr. Olabinjo Benjamin, pleaded with the protesters, who insisted they would not leave except the governor comes out to address them. He said it was not true that the governor had not taken action as the governor immediately set up a committee to look into the case. He asked them to be patient as in a couple of days the committee set up by the governor will reach out to the leaders of the community.