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NRC demolishes 3500 houses to pave way for Lagos-Ibadan railway construction

About 3,500 public and private buildings have been demolished in Lagos, Ogun State corridor, as management of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) continues to demolish buildings to pave right of way for laying of tracks in the ongoing construction of Lagos to Ibadan Standard gauge railway line.

100 corpses have been exhumed by siblings of deceased owners who had earlier vowed that railway line would never pass over their parent’s grave.

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As at yesterday, it was observed that bulldozers were demolishing houses at Lagos Agege railway station and its environ amidst a crowd of onlookers muttering various words.

It was gathered that prior to the demolition exercise, owners of buildings affected were paid compensation based on value of their various houses after assessment of their documentation by Valuers appointed by NRC.

According to reliable sources, Landlords who could not provide valid documents but have built structures on railway land were paid N1.6 million while those who provided valid documents of lease from the Corporation were paid various amount as compensation ranging from N3 million to N5 million and N10 million each depending on value of their building.

One of the aged Landlord whose building was demolished but could not find the documents that gave him lease to build structure on the land at Agbado Mr. Ismail Ojo commended government for deeming it fit to pay him N1.6 million especially now that things are difficult.

“I thank government for the compensation because where do you think I could have found N1.6 million to relocate especially now that my grown up Children are living from hand to mouth,” he said

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