The Lagos State Government on Wednesday, 6th of January, 2016 demolished the Owonifari Market at Oshodi which has been in existence for more than 40 years.
The state government had earlier closed the market to curb security challenges within Oshodi metropolis. The demolition was directly supervised in the earlier hours of today by the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.
Also on ground to supervise the demolition were the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KIA), police and some other top government officials. A director in the Ministry of Environment, who is the head of the demolition task force, declined to comment when contacted by the NAN. NAN learned that the affected traders and shop owners had been relocated to the new Isopakodowo Market at Bolade Area of Oshodi.
The state government had said in a statement that it planned to transform the market into an ultra-modern bus terminus with new bus shelters befitting a structured park in a mega city. The demolition was completed at about 7:45 a.m.