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Man Collapses, Hospitalised As Govt Demolishes His Shop, House

Doctors are now battling to save the life of a 62-year-old man, Mr. Abdrahmon Amuka, after Lagos State government demolished his house and shop at Abule Egba. Amuka’s structures were part of buildings demolished to pave way for the construction of an overhead bridge on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

The demolition, which began on Tuesday, continued yesterday.

According to The Telegraph, Amuka was to have collapsed yesterday when he was told that his house and shop had been demolished. He was rushed to Blessed Medical Centre, a private hospital. When New Telegraph visited the hospital, the hospital’s Chief Medical Director (CMD) said Amuka could not be disturbed at the moment.

One of the man’s close friends, Mr. Ajani Ahmed, described it as an unfortunate incident. He said: “We never knew his house and shop would be demolished. We were only given one week notice to prepare ourselves and relocate to another place.

“They said the demolition was to give way for the expansion of the road construction. To our surprise, some officials of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development came on Tuesday only to begin demolition the following day. We don’t have anywhere to pack to.

“Some landlords and I rushed Amuka to the hospital to prevent his death. We then sent for his children who later came. Some of us depend on the house rent to survive and we do not have any tangible work we do now because of old age. Government should look into our issue and compensate us.” Mr. Moshood Alabi, another landlord whose house was demolished, said most of them built their houses with their gratuities.

He said: “It was true government promised to compensate us, but some of us do not have certificates of occupancy. We only have receipts of payment we collected from the land owners. Therefore, there is no way we can be compensated by government. Now, all our life savings had gone down the drain.

“Some landlords cannot recover from the shock of the demolition, because no amount of money government gives them will adequately compensate for their demolished structures.” Some workers were seen at Progress Seafood Company salvaging the firm’s valuables from the rumble after the demolition of their cold room.

Meanwhile, other structures demolished included financial institutions such as GTB and Wema Bank and eateries among them Sweet Sensation. Others were a filling station and some shopping complexes In all, about 28 houses were pulled down.

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