LASG be­gins il­le­gal struc­tures’ de­mo­li­tion after ul­ti­ma­tum

The Punch - - METRO - Oluwatosin Omo­juyigbe

THE Lagos State En­vi­ron­men­tal and Spe­cial Of­fences Unit (task force) has be­gun the de­mo­li­tion of il­le­gal struc­tures around the wa­ter­side area of Lekki after the seven-day ul­ti­ma­tum given to the own­ers and oc­cu­pants ex­pired.

The Chair­man of the agency, Olayinka Eg­beyemi, said the de­mo­li­tion be­came im­per­a­tive in prepa­ra­tion for the con­struc­tion of the coastal road to serve as an al­ter­na­tive to the Lekki-epe Ex­press­way and en­hance the free flow of traf­fic in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to Eg­beyemi, none of the oc­cu­pants

law en­force­ment agents were on top of the mat­ter.

The state­ment read in part, “The uni­ver­sity man­age­ment hereby com­mis­er­ates with the par­ents and other fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased, Favour Dai­ley-oladele, the staff and stu­dents of the de­part­ment and the en­tire uni­ver­sity com­mu­nity. The po­lice have as­sured us that jus­tice will be served in this case as the per­pe­tra­tors of this heinous crime will be charged im­me­di­ately the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is con­cluded.

“The vice-chan­cel­lor, on be­half of the uni­ver­sity man­age­ment, hereby calls for cau­tion on this is­sue on the part of stu­dents and re­quests that they re­main calm to al­low law en­force­ment agents to con­clude their work. He as­sured all that the uni­ver­sity will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the case.”

Also re­act­ing, the Pres­i­dent, Stu­dents’ Union Gov­ern­ment, LASU, Oluwatayo Oladele, said, “We want jus­tice for Favour; my ex­ec­u­tive and I have vis­ited the fam­ily mem­bers of the de­ceased and we also vis­ited the po­lice sta­tion han­dling the case to get some in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

When one of our cor­re­spon­dents con­tacted the Osun State Po­lice Com­mand on Sun­day, it said the Ogun com­mand was han­dling the mat­ter.

The spokesper­son for the com­mand, Fo­lasade Odoro, said in a text mes­sage in re­sponse to en­quiries on the case, “Call Ogun PPRO for de­tails; thanks.” or own­ers of the il­le­gal struc­tures has a per­mit from the state gov­ern­ment.

He stated, “Il­le­gal busi­ness op­er­a­tors like iron ben­ders, me­chan­ics, food and fruit ven­dors and oth­ers were served a seven-day re­moval no­tice by the state gov­ern­ment to re­move their prop­erty and va­cate the area and it ex­pired on Thurs­day,

December 19, 2019. It is an eye­sore as these il­le­gal ar­ti­sans, food ven­dors and oth­ers lit­ter the en­tire area with refuse and waste ma­te­ri­als.

“After the ex­pi­ra­tion of the re­moval or­der, the gov­ern­ment gave these il­le­gal squat­ters ad­di­tional eight days’ grace to va­cate the area be­fore em­bark­ing on the clean-up ex­er­cise as well as a clam­p­down on all crim­i­nal el­e­ments dis­turb­ing law-abid­ing res­i­dents within Marwa wa­ter­side and the en­tire Lekki area.”

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