by Isi Esene
In a move reminiscent of the Occupy Nigeria protests in January against the Fuel Subsidy removal by the Federal Government, the displaced residents of the Makoko Waterfront community have begun to mobilise with a view to taking their grievances to the seat of the Lagos State Government at Alausa, Ikeja.
As the community continues to be besieged by security operatives stationed to monitor the demolition exercise, many residents of the marshy area have been seen inscribing protest notes on placards and boarding buses in their masses en-route Alausa.
According to SaharaReporters, several local chiefs in the community, youths, elders, market women both on water and on land have united to engage in mass protest today.
However, in a related development, the 12 evacuees arrested for allegedly protesting against the murder of the assistant Baale of Makoko community, Timothy Azinpono, have been released late last night by the police, and his alleged killer, Boma Pepple, has been arrested.
The Ilajes and Eguns who constitute a major part of the Makoko community appear to have set aside their differences to draw up massive turnout for the protest.
Photos courtesy of SaharaReporters.