The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has destroyed all illegal structures, shanties, mechanic workshops, containerized kiosks and commercial bus garages around Government Public Schools at Mile 2.
Naija News Understands that Chairman of the Agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement team to destroy the illegal structures said that the removal exercise was a sequel to numerous complaints and petitions by residents, particularly management of the Public Schools, Imoye High School and Amuwo Odofin Junior Secondary School.
According to him “the structures were identified for harbouring criminal elements who rob unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables and also serve as an outlet for the sales of illegal hard drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Weed including mixed liquor to miscreants”.
“Lagos is the most populous state in Nigeria as well as its economic heartbeat. As such, the zero tolerance for all forms of crimes and criminality by the present administration would be sustained” Egbeyemi added.
He restated that owners/occupiers of the illegal business structures like mechanics, food/fruits vendors and others have turned the entire area into an eye-sore as everywhere including the surroundings of public schools, are usually littered with refuse, used tyres/metals and abandoned vehicles/trucks amongst others.
The Chairman said the Agency swung into action upon the expiration of the removal notice in order to ensure the prompt clean-up of the environment as well as a clampdown on the activities of criminally minded persons that have become a source of disturbance to law abiding Lagosians, especially residents of the area.
Egbeyemi, therefore, implored all owners/occupants of illegal structures and shanties around public schools across the State to immediately remove them before the exercise reach their various areas as anyone caught would be seriously dealt with in accordance with the law.
He, however, confirmed that the Agency has commenced verification exercise of the claim of those affected but with legal documentation for the payment of monetary compensation as approved by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.