Residents and stakeholders of Oteyi Garden Estate, Abule Ado, Amuwo Odofin local government area of Lagos , staged a peaceful protest against attempt to carry out a kangaroo swearing-in ceremony recently at the ASPMDA international market, Trade Fair Complex.
Trouble started when an impeached former chairman of the Estate Residents Association, Augustine Ojukwu, usurped power from the incumbent and duly elected executive council members led by Chief Maduka Dilibe.
The former chairman was impeached about three years ago due to some irregularities and Chief Maduka and his exco were installed in acting capacity, before being duly elected in 2019 in a free and fair election, observed by security agents, the Trade Fair Police, OPC and representatives of the Amuwo Odofin local government. Police officers from Trade Fair Police Station calming frayed nerves of angry residents during the protest An enraged resident who witnessed the protest, said, Ojukwu, in his bid to return to power by all means, connived with some residents of questionable character of the estate and powers -that -be from Amuwo Odofin local government to organise a kangaroo parallel elections in December, 2019.
Apart from influencing the local government, Ojukwu, also used policemen from Alagbon and Zone 2 to harass and unlawfully parade Chief Maduka and some members of his exco under false allegations, the impeccable source revealed.
The protesters were seen carrying placards which read; these are the stakeholders of Oteyi Garden Estate. The election was held by unknown persons. They were also heard saying in loud voices “enough is enough”, leave Oteyi Garden, alone, “this injustice must stop”, we no go gree, ooo, we no go gree, amongst others.
In an interview with Chief Maduka, who was absent on the day, said, the situation is pathetic and unacceptable. He appealed to authorities concerned to intervene and allow justice to prevail, as injury to one is injury to all.
According to another source who also pleaded anonymity, Oteyi Garden Estate was under siege during the reign of the impeached chairman, Augustine Ojukwu, asserting that residents could not sleep with eyes closed, because there was kidnapping, banditry and other vices during the tenure of the former chairman.
However, there was a turnaround in fortunes when Chief Maduka assumed office. He worked assiduously with the former Divisional Police Officer of Trade Fair Divisional Police Headquarters, to ensure that peace returned to the magnificent estate whose occupants are mainly traders, business men and importers at the ASPMDA market. The aggrieved residents are of the opinion that government should intervene and allow justice to take its full course.