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Lagos traders protest illegal eviction

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Occupants of a four-storey building at Idumota Market in Lagos Island on Tuesday protested an alleged illegal eviction from their offices by a developer, Bashiar Estate Limited.

The victims, who alleged that the developer served them eviction notice on August 29, claimed they got to the market on September 8 to find their shops barricaded with zinc and charms placed on the entrance of the shops.

They also claimed that the developer of the structure situated on 61 Docemo and 20 Obun-Eko Streets, asked those willing to retain their shops after renovation to pay N44 million rent for five years per flat, a far cry from the N7 million they usually paid.

Among those affected was a shoe polish firm, Afrecom Nigeria Limited, which claimed its business has been grounded since September 8 following the closure of the plaza.

The Nation, September 14

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