Residents of Mowe, a town in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, trooped out in their thousands to protest alleged demolition of their houses by the state government to pave way for the construction of a modern stall.
The protesters, led by Abowaba Azeez, while speaking with newsmen, said the Ogun State government, in collaboration with a private developer, concluded arrangements to demolish their ancestral houses without providing alternative buildings for thousands that are going to be affected by the demolitions.
He alleged that there is a plan by the state government to allow a private developer take over the buildings and give them out to highest bidders.
The protesters, who carried different placards, appealed to the outgoing governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and the incoming governor, Dapo Abiodun, to as a matter of urgency, intervene in the matter before it degenerates into serious crisis.
“We, as a matter of urgency, plead with Governor Ibikunle Amosun and Dapo Abiodun to help us out. If these people were allowed to carry out the demolition, not less than two thousand households are going to be affected with none having a hope of where to lay his head”.
He said many of the affected houses should have been allowed to stay and serve as monuments since the buildings are the first sets of houses to be constructed in Mowe.
The protesters also indicted some chiefs in the town and the Local Council Development Area chairman of aligning with some Egba High Chiefs to dispossess them of their family heritage.
“It was just few days ago that government officials came here and gave us seven days’ ultimatum to vacate the buildings, and later came back about two days to tell us to vacate the houses tomorrow.