Ownership Of Islands In Lagos (Update On Tarkwa Bay)
By Jude Chukwuemeka
Who really owns Lagos? That’s the question that Sheriff Quadry asks on Morning Crossfire show.
“Is there somebody that owns Lagos? Who has the authority to say this land belongs to you? Who authorizes ownerships of islands in Lagos? What is going on in our Lagos?
“There is a clear distinction in Eko, Lagos, and Lagos state, just so you know. History makes us understand that Eko is a space from Obalende to Idumota. That is Lagos Island. Eko is different from Lagos. It is domain of traditional Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu of the Aromire family.
“That’s about Eko. Now let’s talk about Lagos, which is the former Capital Territory of Nigeria to be precise. It starts from Victoria Island, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Jibowu, Apapa, Surulere, up to Akangba.
“Now, let’s talk about Lagos State. Lagos State on the other hand consists of the entire Lagos and its colony from Badagry, Epe, Ikeja. And Ikorodu. So, sometimes, non-indigenes may not be able to understand the difference between Eko, Lagos, and Lagos State.”
These are the analyses Sheriff makes as he begins the Morning Crossfire show. In a nutshell. Lagos Island belongs to the Aromire family, the children of Olofin Ogunfunminire, the progenitor of the Awori nation. There is no contest on who the landlord is when it is about ownership of Lagos – not Lagos State.
Would you like to know more about the history of Lagos and who owns who? Meanwhile, the history of Lagos State becomes important in the discussion that concerns the sack of Tarkwa Bay area of Lagos state by local authorities. Just last week, that area of Lagos has ceased from being a place of residence for people in the state.
A former resident of Tarkwa Bay sits with Sheriff in the studio. Muhammed Zanna, a member, Nigerian Slum & Informal Settlement Federation. He is an elite from Tarkwa Bay.
Also, Megan Chapman, a Co-Director Justice & Empowerment Initiative sits with Sheriff to discuss the issues with Tarkwa Bay and other islands in Lagos.
Zanna says he is out in the open and has moved away from the Tarkwa Bay, without having access to his property. He says some of the evictees are living in Ajala area of Lagos State. The women, the children, and men are in Ajala, Ogogoro, and Sabokoji. He added that over 23 communities are already gone and the bulldozers are still active.
Megan says forced eviction is now a common thing in Lagos with 24 communities evicted. Entire villages are gone and she says over 4,500 people have been displaced. She says there is no war on-going in Lagos as to what she could see, so she believes more appropriate measures could have been taken to secure these areas.
However, she says the evictions are unconsitutional and illegal as far as the Law of the State goes.
Get the full import of the show by playing the video above.