Residents bicker over gate erection
The Dolphin Estate Muslim Community in Ikoyi, Lagos, has petitioned the state government over a gate erected in front of a mosque along Corporation Drive in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi. Its chairman, Alhaji Taoheed Popoola, said the gate would cause serious hardship to residents of the estate.
The community, he said, had written the Citizens’ Mediation Centre, Ministry of Justice, urging it to intervene and stop the erection of the gate.
Popoola said: “The erection of gate on Corporation Drive in Dolphin Estate, Ikoyi, Lagos, has caused serious hardship to residents. Late last year, the gate was locked for three days by Dolphin Estate Association (Duplex) because of annual dues. People going to their work-places could not access the road, thereby causing untold hardship and an infringement of their constitutional rights. It was as a result of this that the gate was destroyed by some angry youths after reporting to the police in the estate.
“As law-abiding citizens, we have done the needful and the matter was referred to the Citizen Mediation Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The letter was acted upon and invitation was sent to all parties concerned. But none of the executive members of Dolphin Estate Association honoured the invitation by the Mediation Centre.”
He said copies of the petition had been sent to the Lagos State Development Corporation, Commissioner of Police Lagos State, Area Commander Zone ‘A’ The association wants the police to handle the matter dispassionately.
A trustee of the Dolphin High Rise Association, Alhaji Isiaka Agbaje Cole, said there was no communiqué issued by the Dolphin High Rise and Dolphin Estate Resident Associations to the effect that a gate would be erected along Corporation Drive and in front of the new mosque under construction.
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