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LASG Taskforce Gives 7-Day Removal Order For Illegal Structures



Lagos Traffic

The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Taskforce on Wednesday issued a seven-day ‘Removal Notice’ to owners, occupants of illegal structures and shanties, mechanic workshops, containerized  kiosks and commercial bus garages around Government Public Schools at Mile 2, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.

The Chairman of the agency,  Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent  of Police who disclosed this while addressing the 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.

He 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.

“It was disheartening to see 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,” he said.

Egbeyemi, confirmed that investigation conducted revealed also that these 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 license from the Lagos State Government.

He said immediately after the expiration of the ‘Removal Order’ on Tuesday, 4th of March, 2020, the Agency will embark on a clean-up exercise in the area as well as clampdown on all criminal elements.

The Taskforce boss warned traders and occupants of the structures not to make financial contribution or bribe anyone in order stop the removal order, stressing that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has, on compassionate ground, approved monetary compensation for those who deserve it.