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Demolition: Judge asks aggrieved traders, LG to reconcile

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The Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Thursday, ordered the Lagos Mainland Local Government to hold a reconciliation or deliberation meeting with the aggrieved traders from White Sand Market, Otto, in the Oyingbo area of the state before the next adjourn date.

The court directed the parties to deliberate on issues of demolition and reconstruction of the market on the land known as White Sand Market, Otto, Oyingbo, Lagos State as the court ordered an accelerated hearing of the suit.

The aggrieved traders of White Sand Market had through their representatives, Serifat Thani, Alhaji Garba Malami and Orji Onuoha, approached the court alleging that the Lagos Mainland Local Government was threatening to take over the market from them in the guise of demolition and reconstruction of the market.

Justice Akinkunmi Idowu had on June 22 granted an interim injunction restraining the defendants  and their agents from “entering, letting, demolishing and building on the land known as White Sand Market, during the lifespan of the order which shall be for seven days.”

At the resumed proceeding on Thursday, the judge said having gone through the court papers, he saw that the issue is “one that can be resolved” and thereby urged them to meet “with a possible way of resolving and reaching an agreement before the next adjourn date.”

Justice Idowu subsequently adjourned further hearing till October 6.