Lagos govt warns illegal structure owners to remove their property within 7 days


The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) has issued a 7-day ‘Removal Notice’ to owners/occupants of illegal structures/Shanties, mechanic workshops, containerized kiosks and commercial bus garages around Government Public Schools at Mile 2, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who disclosed this at a gathering of illegal owners/occupants, traders/mechanics and sectional heads of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), warned them to immediately vacate the entire area as well as the vicinity of the Schools within the stipulated period.

CSP Egbeyemi affirmed that the ‘Removal Order’ became imperative following outcry by residents, particularly management of the Public Schools (Imoye High School and Amuwo Odofin Junior Secondary School) that criminal elements have turned the area into hideouts/spots for carrying out their nefarious activities thereby making the environment unpleasant for learning.
According to him, “It was disheartening seeing these illegal business operators like mechanics, Iron benders, food/fruits vendors and others turning the entire perimeter fence of these schools into illegal trading spots. In addition, they have littered the entire area with indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste metal materials.”
The Chairman confirmed that investigation conducted revealed also that the illegal structures/shanties which serves as abode to criminal elements who rob unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables along highways on Lagos- Badagry Expressway do not have any permit or operating licence from the Lagos State Government.

He reiterated that immediately after the expiration of the ‘Removal Order’ on Monday, 3rd of March 2020, the agency will embark on a clean-up exercise in the area as well as clampdown on all criminal elements.
CSP Egbeyemi, however, cautioned traders and occupants not to make financial contribution or bribe anyone in order to prevent or stop the removal order, stressing that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had, on compassionate ground, approved monetary compensation for those who deserve it.

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