LASG begins illegal structures’ demolition after ultimatum
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.”