Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task force) over the weekend began the demolition of all illegal structures, shanties, kiosks and containerised shops at ‘Marwa Waterside’ area of Lekki, Lagos.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by Adebayo Taofiq, Head, Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force.
Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Task force, was quoted in the statement as saying that the exercise became imperative 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.
“Illegal business operators like Iron benders, Mechanics, food/fruits vendors and others were served a seven-day ‘Removal Notice’ by the government to remove their property and vacate the entire area and it expired on Thursday, 19th of December, 2019,” Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said.
The Taskforce noted that the state government still gave an additional eight days grace after the expiration of the removal order for the affected persons to leave the area before the clean-up exercise commenced.
Egbeyemi implored all illegal occupants on any of the government lands/property to immediately vacate same as it would not be business as usual across the state.