It was an atmosphere of confussion on Saturday morning for business owners at the popular 23 Road market in Festac, Lagos, who woke up to the news of an ongoing demolition of their shops.
The market, according to Onyebuchi Augustine, a resident of the area, was sold to an undisclosed individual/group of persons without the knowledge of business owners – some bought their shops, while others rented theirs in the market.
According to our reporter, goods worth millions of Naira were lost in the demolition as most business owners could not take out their goods before their shops were demolished.
Although no casualties were reported as at press time, but some business owners may never recover from their losses unless the government intervenes and ensures that these business owners are adequately compensated.
Here are more photos from the demolished market which was a beehive of activities not untill Saturday, December 12, 2020.
A resident who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the same thing happened a year ago at the popular Agboju market along Badagry express way, which till date has not been rebuilt.