The Association of Japanese Spare Parts Dealers in Ladipo Market in Mushin Local Government Area has denounced the recent demolition of their shops by the council in the early hours of Tuesday, describing it as an act of intimidation and lack of respect for their fundamental human rights.
The association made this known during an inspection tour by the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Lagos State chapter, Mr. Fabin Onwuhalu. Speaking during the inspection, Onwuhalu said the recent demolition of shops at Ladipo Market was clear of intimidation by the state government and its agents against the traders because the government wants to use such opportunity to extort money from the traders.
Onwuhalu said, “This is exercise by the state government is a complete denial of the fundamental human rights of the traders. Let me say here that every Nigerian irrespective of tribe has the right to do business in any part of the country, therefore I see no reason why this demolition exercise should be embarked upon just to endanger other people’s businesses and source of livelihood.
“This action exemplifies that we are not practicing constitutional democracy in this country and we lack love and respect for one another. I want to say here that this is a reflection of corruption at the highest order.”
He also tasked, the Ohaneze Ndigbo group to the support their brothers whose shops were demolished and property worth millions were damaged.