Commissioner of Physical Planning and Urban Development, TPL. Wasiu Anifowose has clearly denied the allegations on media reports.
He claimed that the only connection the Lagos State Government had with Berger was the demolition for the construction of the fly over.
“As a State Government, we like to categorically deny involvement in the demolition exercise as alleged in some national dailies. “While the reports in one breath claimed that the State Government was responsible for the demolition, it was also said that it was in compliance with a court judgement. “The same report also alleged that an unnamed former Governor was behind the exercise, while still claiming that the land on which the retail market was located had been under global acquisition for years. “Our story is that some of the market women came to my office yesterday saying that their market was being demolished, and after finding out from relevant agencies because I have not given any directive on demolition and having confirmed that our agencies were not involved, I told the market people that the demolition never came from us. “We don’t demolish without organising a stakeholder meeting with the concerned people and we also ensure that we give them enough notice,” Anifowose said.