Vehicular and human movements were paralysed in the early hours on Wednesday in Magodo Estate, Shangisha area of Lagos as residents barricaded all entrances to the estate over planned demolition by members of a family who claimed to be the original owner of the land.
The issue began on Tuesday when the family reportedly invaded the highbrow estate with some armed police and miscreants to eject occupants, claiming that they were acting on a court order.
Panic gripped landlords and residents of the highbrow Magodo area of as stern-looking policemen took over the area to execute a Supreme Court judgment, which mandated Lagos State government to give back 549 plots to the original owners of the area before it was “fraudulently acquired over 38 years ago”.
As the anti-riot policemen were on the strategic area within the highbrow area, more than 1,000 youths, apparently recruited by the Shangisha Landlords Association, were moving from house to house making known of their possession.
The inscription on each house indicated that the court had given them possession of the land on which the houses were built.
Recall that the military government of the state acquired the area for public use.
But later it was sold to government officials and their associates, which made the original owners through Shangisha Landlords Association approach the high court for redress.
The court then ruled that both parties should maintain the status quo in the area; that is, both parties should vacate the land until the final determination of the case.