The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) on Satutday began the demolition of all illegal structures, shanties, kiosks and containerised shops at ‘Marwa Waterside’ area of Lekki, Lagos.
Speaking on the demolition, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said that the exercise was in preparation for the construction of a coastal road which will serve as an alternative route for the Lekki-Epe Expressway and enhance free flow of traffic on that corridor.
According to Egbeyemi, the state government served artisans like welders, mechanics, food/fruits vendors and others, seven day removal notice.
“The notice to remove their property and vacate the entire area, expired on Thursday, Dec. 19,”
The Renaissance reports that it was an eyesore as the artisans and food vendors and littered the entire area with refuse and waste materials.
Adebayo Taofiq, the Head, Public Affairs Unit of the Lagos State Task Force, said in a statement that most of the business owners in the area were operating illegally.
Taofiq added that miscreants freely smoke and sell Indian hemp as well as engage in prostitution around residential premises in the area.
The Taskforce also confirmed that after the expiration of the removal order, the government still gave the squatters additional eight days of grace to vacate the entire area before the clean up exercise.
He said the clean up would also afford the government to clampdown on all criminal elements disturbing laws abiding residents within Marwa waterside and the entire Lekki axis.
The task force implored all illegal occupants on any of the government lands/property to immediately vacate same as “it will not be business as usual across the State”.
By our correspondent