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Two Years After Sanwo-Olu’s Demolition Order, Abattoir Shanties Return



In November 2020, the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Unit demolished over 1700 shanties and containerised shops around Fagba Railway lines, leading to Abattoir. This was on the orders of the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The governor had visited Fagba a month earlier in the aftermath of the #EndSARS ethnic clash that engulfed the area and warned that some illegal structures would be cleared to pave way for peace and harmony in the multi-ethnic community.

Sanwo-Olu had said: “We are using this opportunity to give notice to all the miscreants in this neighbourhood. That’s why I’m looking at you. If you know that you are not doing any work and you are one of the people that have caused this trouble, we are giving you the final notice because we are coming to clear this whole place. We will make sure that you don’t disturb or embarrass this loving neighbourhood that we have here.

“We have Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba communities here and they are living here. You need to look for what to do, we will not allow you to come and tarnish the image and the peace we have in Fagba and in Lagos State.”

In 2018, four years ago, the then Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode’s administration also carried out a demolition exercise in the same area.

However, IfakoIjaiyeNews can report that the shanties are back with vengeance and residents are crying out.

The Illegal Structures/Shanties Are Security Threats

According to findings by IfakoIjaiyeNews, the shanties and illegal structures are used as dens by criminals who also hide dangerous weapons in the shanties.

The shanties around Fagba railway lines also provide cover for drug sellers and prostitution by underage boys and girls.

The miscreants and hoodlums who inhabit these shanties regularly dispossess people of their belongings late at night or early in the morning around the Fagba and Iju axis.

A visit to the Fagba railway line, along Jonathan Coker, leading to Pipeline, will show the chaos that has engulfed the area.

A police officer from Oko Oba Police Station, who craved anonymity, said that Abattoir is the den of the “hardest criminals” in Lagos State and once government is ready, they will flush them all out.

He said, “In our line of job, there is nothing we can do without an order from the top. Daily, we stay at the railway line till night and what we see and hear, I can boldly say that place is the house of the hardest criminals in Lagos State. But my brother, when government is ready, we will flush them out.”

Residents Have Their Say

Residents around the area spoke with IfakoIjaiyeNews about how the return of the shanties has contributed to their heightened fear.

Mrs Akande, who stays at Ajoke Estate, said as long as the shanties are allowed, residents should be prepared for the breakdown of law and order at any time.

She said, “We saw how hell was unleashed during the EndSARS protest and the chaos was from those hoodlums staying in those shanties.

“Recently, like last month, something similar almost happened when the Okada riders decided to take laws into their hands. Those living in the shanties are hoodlums and separate from the business people in Abattoir. Government needs to do something about that fast, else residents will never sleep with their two eyes closed.”

Another resident of Fagba street, who identified himself as Kola, told IfakoIjaiyeNews that government is yet to take the matter seriously and that is why the shanties always return.

“We know this country. We know that when government is ready to do something, government will do it. I believe when they are ready, the shanties will be gone forever. Do they have more power than the government,” he asked.

Mrs Ajayi (Not real name), told our reporter that the crime rate that takes place in those shanties is better imagined than experienced.

According to her, when these hoodlums carry out their nefarious activities elsewhere, they run into the Abattoir for refuge and they are safe there as long as they don’t go out.

“The kind of things that go on in those places can only be imagined. A generator was stolen in our street and the owner went to look for it in Abattoir. Guess what? He saw it and bought it back after Police said they couldn’t follow him there,” she said.

The Way Forward

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s continued efforts in prioritising the security of life and property of Lagosians remain commendable. However, the return of the shanties constitutes a high-security threat, especially in an area known as a black spot.

For a lasting solution, IfakoIjaiyeNews proposes that the state government should establish a security post to deter these hoodlums from always returning after every demolition exercise.

This should be done after the shanties are once again demolished and hopefully, it will be for the last time.

This is more needed as Lagosians will begin commuting on the Red Line rail services.


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Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji Wins Polling Unit For Asiwaju, Other APC Candidates



The honorable Member representing Ifako Ijaiye constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Temitope on Saturday, delivered his polling for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Hon Adewale, who voted at unit 005 Ward 06 (Jagunmolu), won with a wide margin as the candidates of the APC for other positions emerged victorious as well.

Hon Adewale, who is also the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, had campaigned vigorously for Asiwaju, visiting different wards in his constituency and engaging directly with voters.

Speaking after the announcement of results at his polling unit, Hon Adewale urged the people to eschew violence. He reassured them that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be declared winner by INEC and Nigeria will return to the path of greatness.

Below are the results of his polling unit: Ward 06, PU: 005


APC – 90

PDP – 12

LP – 31


APC – 108

PDP – 22


House of Reps

APC – 100

PDP – 13

LP – 15

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2023: Gov. Sanwo-Olu, Adebule Commend Political Strength And Unity In Ifako-Ijaiye (PHOTO)



2023: Gov. Sanwo-Olu, Adebule Commend Political Strength And Unity In Ifako-Ijaiye (PHOTO)

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Senatorial candidate for Lagos-West Senatorial District, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule have commended residents and political stalwarts of Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro for their show of love, unity, and peace in the state.

Speaking during a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Coalition of Progressive Minds for Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at African Church Primary School Field, Ifako-Ijaiye, Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde said, Ifako-Ijaiye has been pushing stronger for massive votes for Political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA.

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the unity of political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro in what he described as a “huge political strength” and an assured victory for the All Progressives’Congress (APC) in the forthcoming General Elections.

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Further speaking, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule stated that she had been a close ally of Ifako-Ijaiye and will surely facilitate more developmental projects to the Local Government and across Lagos-West Senatorial District.

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Ifako-Ijaiye News reports that the Executive Chairman of Ojokoro LCDA, Hon. Hameed Idowu Tijani (HID) who spoke on behalf of the two Council Chairmen (Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA) charged the party supporters and residents alike to step up strategies towards canvassing and voting for all candidates of the APC in the forthcoming General Elections.

Speakers at the event charged residents to take the “Renewed Hope” and “Greater Lagos Rising” Mantra to every doorstep.

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Other present at the town hall meeting include; Hon. Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO), APC House of Representatives Candidate; Hon. Adedeji TemiTope Adewale (ATA), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01; Hon. Emmanuel Olotu (Oxygen), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 02 and Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi (Deputy DG, Adebule Campaign, Lagos-West).

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2023: Temitope Akinyemi Canvasses Support For Hon Adewale, BAO With Political Empowerment Program



Temitope Akinyemi, the convener of Temitope Akinyemi Movement (TAM), will on Thursday,  February 2, 2023, empower residents of Ifako-Ijaiye LG as part of his support for Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji (ATA) and Hon Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO) ahead of the 2023 polls.

The event will hold at the Unity Centre (Ajumose) by 11am.

The programme is a strictly a political one and attendance will be by display of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

According to Temitope Akinyemi, the event is part of drumming support for the two APC candidates from Ifako-Ijaiye as well as campaign for APC’s Presidential Candidate,  Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and H.E (Dr) Idiat Adebule.

Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji is a member,  Lagos State House of Assembly,  representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 while Hon Olabinjo is contesting to representing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.

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