The Lagos State Task Force has issued a seven-day ‘Removal Notice’ to owners/occupants of illegal structures/Shanties, mechanic workshops, containerised kiosks and commercial bus garages around government public schools at Mile 2, along the Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
The ultimatum was issued by Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Task Force, at a gathering in Mile 2, according to a statement issued by Adebayo Taofiq, the Task Force’s Head of Public Affairs, on Wednesday.
According to Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), the ‘Removal Order’ became imperative following outcry by residents, particularly management of the public schools (Imoye High School and Amuwo Odofin Junior Secondary School) that criminal elements have turned the area into hideouts/spots for carrying out their nefarious activities thereby making the environment unpleasant for learning.
“It was disheartening seeing these illegal business operators like mechanics, Iron benders, food/fruits vendors and others turning the entire perimeter fence of these schools into illegal trading spots. In addition, they have littered the entire area with indiscriminate dumping of refuse and waste metal materials,” he said.
The Task Force Chairman stated that investigation conducted revealed also that these illegal structures/shanties which serve as abode to criminal elements, who rob unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables along highways on Lagos- Badagry Expressway, do not have any permit or operating license from the Lagos State Government.
He reiterated that immediately after the expiration of the ‘Removal Order’ on March 3, the Task Force will embark on a clean-up exercise in the area as well as clampdown on all criminal elements.
He, however, cautioned traders and occupants not to make financial contribution or bribe anyone in order to prevent or stop the removal order, stressing that Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos State Governor, has, on compassionate ground, approved monetary compensation for those who deserve it.