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Some residents of Agbado, Odewale, Opeilu, Oposuru and Itoki communities in Ogun State have dragged the Nigerian Railway Corporation before the Federal High Court in Lagos over the demolition of their houses and alleged unpaid compensation.

The NRC is a respondent alongside the Attorney General of the Federation, the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company Limited, the Federal Ministry of Transportation, and the Minister of Transport.

It had been reported how the residents rejected plans by the NRC to demolish their houses to pave way for the construction of rail tracks.

The residents had alleged that some houses in the communities were demolished in 2017 for the same project with a promise by the Federal Government to compensate those affected.

However, three years after, they said some of the landlords were not paid compensation.

The lawyer for the communities, Olayele Faturoti, said the Federal Government returned to the areas in March 2020 and announced that more houses would be demolished for the railway project.

He added that residents of the communities were prevented from having access to their houses.

In the suit filed before the court, the residents sought an order of the court declaring the demolition of their houses as gross violation of their rights.

The residents also sought a perpetual injunction of the court restraining the Attorney General of the Federation, the NRC and the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company from demolishing and barricading their houses.

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