Dugbe market traders petition Makinde, allege high handedness by landlord
Traders from Dugbe Market in Ibadan, Oyo state, recently stormed the State Secretariat at Agodi GRA, protesting alleged high handedness of the lessor of the property they rented, and the locking of their shops despite having paid in advance till 2022.
The protest was against the owner of Oginni Retail Market Shopping Complex, one Olatunde Oginni.
The market men and women, who carried placards, had come to the Secretariat from Total Garden Area, over what they referred to as excessive exploitation by the lessor, who was said to be overcharging them on rents.
The traders also brought a written petition in which they complained that Oginni was compelling them to pay advance rents of between five and 10 years.
The protesters said that despite having paid for this year and 2022, their shops had been locked by their landlord.
They chanted: “Seyi Makinde, save us; Oginni wants to ruin us!” as the divisional police officer in charge of Agodi Division, CSP Afeez Oyekan, appealed to the protesters to remain peaceful in their agitation for justice and humane treatment.
The executive assistant to Governor Makinde, who spoke with the traders, collected the petition from them, with the promise that it would be forwarded to the governor’s table.
He advised the traders to visit Iyaganku Area Command to air their grievances.
Odukoya also said they could file a civil suit against the landlord in a court of law to resolve the issue.
When contacted, Oginni, who rained expletives on the traders, boldly asserted himself as the owner of the property, saying that he would do whatever he wanted with it.
He said that the traders had already taken him to court, adding that they would meet there to resolve the matter.
“I’m the owner of my property. If I like, I can tell them to pay ahead of the day I will die. It’s what I want. If they can’t do it, they should pack their wares and leave my property.
“They have already gone to court, and we will meet there,” Oginni said.
Ojo Peter, Ibadan