A 36-year-old man, Joshua Vandi, has blamed the demolition of his apartment at 33, Odunfa Street, Oworonshoki, Lagos, for the death of his pregnant wife, Ladi, who died at Afolabi Memorial Hospital, Oworo Road.
Vandi said he relocated to an apartment on Oluwaseun Street in the area, which someone assisted him with, noting that his 33-year-old wife died last Thursday from complications arising from the trauma she went through after the demolition that took place in the area where apart from their forced eviction, her wife lost her means of livelihood.
Vandi said, “After the demolition at Odunfa in Oworonshoki, they (task force) burnt all our houses and her business was lost. Since then, we don’t have a house or anything. She never recovered from that shock since then.
“On Wednesday, her blood pressure was so high. The baby inside her died. After that, the doctor could not operate on her because of her high BP. This was because after she learnt the baby inside her had died, she cried for a long time.
“On Thursday morning, she gave up (died). As I am talking to you, she’s at the mortuary in Yaba.
“I’m still living in danger. The room I am in, the roof is open. Last week, when rain fell and water filled everywhere, my wife was in the water. I was scooping the water till I got exhausted. Animals cannot stay here that I’m living with our children,” he added.
Vandi said the house he was living in with his family, which was demolished, was a self-contained wooden structure.
“The demolition is the cause of what happened (to my wife). She was doing business at that place before the demolition. Everything scattered. Her condition was so terrible that I could not even look her in the face sometimes,” the young widower lamented.
PUNCH Metro reports that residents, including children and women, were rendered homeless following the demolition in July in the Oworonshoki area of Lagos by the state task force.
Streets such as Oke-Eri, Oluwaseyi community, Cornerstone, Ogo-Oluwa and others housing several buildings were affected by the demolition.
Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the state government was only removing shanties and criminal hideouts in the area.
“The state government did not demolish the homes of the people. What the state government did was demolish shanties. When some of these people commit crimes, they run into that place for shelter. These were the structures that were demolished.
“The duty of the government is to ensure that we keep the people and the environment safe. The government will not just destroy people’s homes,” Akosile said in an earlier interview with PUNCH Metro.