Bulldozers of the Lagos State Government have roared again in the Alaba International market in Oo Local Government, pulling down 17 shopping plazas one after the other after they were discovered to have become distressed and could collapse on the traders and their customers in the state.
The demolition exercise carried out by the state government through its Building Control Agency (LASBCA) gave the numerous eviction notices issued to owners and occupants of identified distressed structures a bite, ending speculations on the removal of the affected buildings inside the market.
Removal of the affected buildings, after several notices, started in the early hours on Sunday after the traders and owners have been guided by LASBCA officials to remove their wares, preventing losses that could occur during the demolition exercise.
Some of the shopping plazas being pulled down by LASBCA include G80 Alaba Rago road, the Good Season shopping complex, the building on 840 Ojo Igbede, and the structure behind Oba Oseni Plaza.
Aside from LASBCA officials, the State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, (Task Force) personnel were also onground to monitor the demolition exercise, to prevent any breakdown of law and order.
During the exercise, dozens of traders especially petty traders and owners of illegal/ unapproved structures wept profusely as bulldozers descended and pull down on the structures that once house their shops where they often source for their livelihood in the market.