Men of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit Taskforce yesterday said they have demolished over 2500 illegal structures, Shanties, Kiosk and containerised shop at Marwa Waterside area of Lagos.
Speaking on the demolition, the chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, disclosed that the exercise began at the weekend and became imperative in preparation for the construction of a coastal road which will serve as an alternative route for the Lekki-Epe Expressway and enhance free flow of traffic on that corridor.
According to him, “Illegal business operators like Iron benders, Mechanics, food/fruits vendors and others were served a seven-day ‘Removal Notice’ by the government to remove their property and vacate the entire area and it expired on Thursday, 19th of December, 2019.
“It was an eye-sore as these illegal artisans, food vendors and others littered the entire area with refuse and waste materials.”
He stated that investigation conducted revealed that none of the occupants and illegal business operators had any permit from the state government , saying miscreants freely smoke and sold Indian hemp as well as engage in prostitution around residential premises.
Egbeyemi confirmed that after the expiration of the removal order, the government still gave the illegal squatters additional eight days grace to vacate the entire area before embarking on the clean-up exercise as well as clampdown on all criminal elements disturbing law-abiding residents within the area and entire the entire Lekki axis.