Festus Keyamo last Tuesday, petitioned the Lagos State House of Assembly over what he described as illegal demolition of shops, stealing and looting of goods belonging to traders of Alaba International Market (D Line).
Keyamo in the petition explained that his Chambers in 2009 had written a petition to the House complaining about the demolition and vandalism of his clients’ business premises known as “D” Line at the Alaba International Market by Ojo Local Government Council.
According to him, “pursuant to the said petition, the House at its plenary session held on Monday 12 April, 2010 passed a resolution, which contained the decisions of the House on the issue. Further to the resolution of the House, Ojo LG and our clients executed a memorandum of understand to effect that the council shall in good faith comply with the House resolution.
“It is with deepest sense of disappointment that we write to inform you that the local government has not complied with the resolution of the House despite several correspondences urging it to honour the resolution made on the 12th of April, 2010 and to also give effect to the memorandum of understanding execute on the 30th of April 2010 in satisfaction of the directive by the House.
“It is disheartening that Ojo LG has deliberately refused to honour the resolution of the House, thereby putting our clients’ business and source of livelihood in a perpetual state of immobility. This deliberate refusal of the council to honour the resolution must be condemned”, the petition read in part.
Keyamo, however, urged the House to intervene in the situation by ensuring that Ojo Local Government complies with the resolution so that “our clients can go back to their businesses, which have suffered as a result of the actions of the council,” he added.
Reacting to the petition, Rotimi Olowo and Sanai Agunbiade from Shomolu and Ikorodu Constituencies respectively, both noted that the Chairman of the Council disregarded the House by refusing to comply with a resolution passed by the House.
On his part, the Majority Leader Ajibayo Adeyeye said it is mandatory for the chairman to come and explain why he did not abide by the House resolution.
The House in its decision summoned the council’s Chairman, Yinka Durosimi to come and explain his reason for neglecting the resolution of House. He is to appear before the House today.