Artisans under the aegis of Lagos State Mechanics and Technicians Association in Yaba  Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, South West Nigeria, have protested the  demolition of their workshops located around Oyadiran Estate, by Lagos State Task Force  officials, describing the exercise and wicked.

In a petition written to the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, the artisans  stated that the exercise which was carried out in the early hours of Saturday, 25  September, 2010, was done without consideration for the plight of the members as they  were caught unawares and as such, could not take anything out of the place.

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According to them, the piece of land, allegedly being claimed by the Onitiri family  represented by one Pastor Remi Onitiri, belonged to the late Pa S.A. Oyadiran and was  leased to them by the deceased’s children, Alhaja (Chief) Kofoworola Oyadiran and her  sister, Modupe.

They also stated that they were not given any notice to pack their things and only caught  unawares, more so that the day fell on the monthly environmental sanitation day, adding  that they only got to their places of work after the exercise to find that the place had  been levelled by bulldozers and their belongings destroyed.

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On enquiry, the exercise was said to have been carried out on the instructions of the  state government through the state’s Ministry of the Environment. This, however, have  been debunked, pointing accusing finger at Pastor Onitiri as the initiator of the  demolition.

They therefore called on the Chairman of Yaba LCDA, Mr. Olajide Jimoh, who they have  absolved of any involvement in the demolition and the state governor, Mr. Babatunde  Fashola, to come to their rescue as they have been rendered jobless while many others are  now homeless.