Lagos issues seven-day ultimatum to illegal structure owners
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