Magodo Estate Demolition: Where it All Started

The governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has pledged to work toward a peaceful resolution of the legal dispute over land title in Magodo Estate Phase 2.
On December 21, police and bulldozers were dispatched to the estate in response to an earlier threat of house demolition.

Residents in the region had protested the move, and once the state interfered, the police withdrew from the estate.

According to the Lagos administration, the issue stems from the demolition of homes in Shangisha village between 1984 and 1985, following which the state was ordered to grant the Shangisha landlords 549 plots of land as a “matter of first priority” by a supreme court ruling.

The state, on the other hand, claims that the highest court’s decision only pertains to “allocation” of land, not “ownership,” and therefore the Shangisha landlords have no title to land in Magodo.

Residents gathered in front of the estate on Tuesday, pleading with the state government to intervene, citing the prospect of demolition and “police invasion.”

Sanwo-Olu told people that the parties involved will meet on Wednesday at the state house to work out the issues peacefully.

Sanwo-Olu later appealed for calm stating that everyone should “go about their lawful business, knowing that nobody will be harassed and properties trampled upon until all of these are brought to a final closure.”

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