Lagos is­sues seven-day ul­ti­ma­tum to il­le­gal struc­ture owners

The Punch - - NEWS - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

The Lagos State En­vi­ron­men­tal and Spe­cial Of­fences unit (task force) has given owners and oc­cu­piers of il­le­gal struc­tures around the wa­ter­side area of Lekki a seven-day ul­ti­ma­tum to re­move them.

The Chair­man of the agency, Olayinka Eg­beyemi, said in a state­ment on Sun­day that the di­rec­tive be­came im­per­a­tive in prepa­ra­tion for the coastal road con­struc­tion, which would serve as an al­ter­na­tive to the Lekkiepe Ex­press­way and en­hance the free flow of traf­fic in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to Eg­beyemi, af­ter the ex­pi­ra­tion of the ul­ti­ma­tum on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 19, 2019, the agency will em­bark on a clean-up of the area and also clamp down on crim­i­nals in the area.

he said, “Il­le­gal busi­ness oper­a­tors like iron ben­ders, me­chan­ics, food and fruit ven­dors and oth­ers have turned the area into an eye­sore. They have lit­tered the en­tire area with in­dis­crim­i­nate dump­ing of refuse and waste ma­te­ri­als. It is in­ter­est­ing to note that none of the owners, oc­cu­pants and il­le­gal busi­ness oper­a­tors has any per­mit from the state gov­ern­ment.

“But I want to im­plore all il­le­gal oc­cu­pants of any of the gov­ern­ment land and prop­er­ties across the state to im­me­di­ately va­cate such places as any­one caught will be se­ri­ously dealt with in ac­cor­dance with the law.”

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, the en­force­ment team of the agency has im­pounded 98 mo­tor­cy­cles for ply­ing re­stricted routes in the Agric bus stop area of Iko­rodu.

Eg­beyemi warned res­i­dents of the state to de­sist from pa­tro­n­is­ing mo­tor­cy­clists ply­ing re­stricted routes as both the rider and the pas­sen­ger were li­able if ar­rested, adding that the agency had warned mo­tor­cy­clists to de­sist from ply­ing 475 re­stricted routes in the state.

• Some of the il­le­gal struc­tures

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