For distorting and constituting nuisance to the state’s environment ,officials of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit yesterday stormed the popular Apapa Amusement Park in Apapa area of Lagos, shut it down and turned bulldozers on several illegal structures within the park.
LEADERSHIP learnt that the operation which was led by the Taskforce Chairman, Supol Bayo Sulaiman stormed the park in the early hours of the day while some shop owners in the park quickly parked their wares being aware that the taskforce was coming for demolition.
The taskforce officials came with bulldozers and demolished about 44 buildings, including a building housing the Redeemed Christian Church of God, located beside the Park.
A shop owner who simply identified himself as Ebuka lamented that he had just parted with a full year rent three days ago before the demolition, saying “I was not told about this when I was paying to the person managing the park, I would have known what to do, now to get my money back will be difficult.”
For Rita seen wailing at the scene of the demolition the building she hitherto resides in one room apartment have been demolished , pondering where to lay her head for the night.
Rita who said she is a student blamed the managers of the Park for not informing about 5000 occupants of shops and offices in the area ahead of time on the planned demolition.
Speaking on why the state government decided to shut down the park and demolished the structures Sulaiman, explained that the state government’s intention was to return the park to its original plan, adding that government also got wind of information that those who were handed the Park to manage had converted part of the land to burial ground for their dead relatives.
According to him, “There is no way government would have come here to bury someone here, some of the properties have even been bought and they cut off some parts of the land and sell it off.