Following a series of removal notices, the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, says it has demolished shanties and removed blockages to ease traffic along Lekki coastal road, The Punch reports.

Disclosing this in a statement on Monday, the unit’s Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye, said the makeshift buildings had posed serious safety and security threats following a fire incident that occurred in the area recently.

The statement partly read, “The Lagos Task Force over the weekend demolished shanties and removed blockages obstructing traffic along Lekki Coastal Road. The move was in a bid to ensure the safety of lives and property on the axis.

“The Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye, disclosed that the makeshift buildings which were erected haphazardly posed a safety and security threat after a nearby building was affected by a fire which erupted from the shanties weeks ago.”

The agency had recently served squatters at Adewale Kolawole Street, Lekki coastal road and its environment a five-day removal notice of all illegal structures and shanties erected in the area.

Through a statement signed by the agency’s Public Affairs Director, Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, Jejeloye advised the owners of the illegal structures, makeshift buildings and shanties to immediately remove them as well as vacate the area within the stipulated date given to them by the state government.

He also warned the owners of all abandoned trucks and vehicles, shanties and kiosks to remove them from the area before the expiration of the deadline.

“The Lagos State’s zero tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing the environment is going to be followed to the letter and we will make sure our objective here is achieved,” Jejeloye stated.


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