The Lagos State Government, on Friday, commenced the enforcement exercise to clean up Ikoyi and Victoria Island.
36 vehicles as well as trucks from an illegal car mart and mechanic workshop located on the pedestrian walkway along Murtala Mohammed Drive, formerly Bank Road in Ikoyi, were impounded during the exercise.
During the exercise, led by the Chairman, Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, four persons were also arrested and promptly arraigned before a mobile court.
The individuals were arrested for various reasons, including the conversion of a walkway on Bank Road into a beer parlour as well as transforming a pedestrian route into a car mart with 36 fairly-used vehicles displayed for sale.
The team also visited Adekunle Lawal (formerly McGregor Road) and Olawale Daudu Road (formerly Lord Rumens) to dismantle a makeshift car wash, opposite Abraham’s Court, and tow away four wrongly parked vehicles.
After the arraignment, a culprit, Olowu Oladipupo, was charged for converting the walkway into a beer parlour and fined N50,000 while all the cartons of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks displayed were confiscated.
Three other persons, including Lateef Olatunde, Damilare Taiwo and Lukman Jatto, who converted the walkway into a car lot were fined on each of the counts after pleading guilty, while the 36 vehicles were impounded by the court.
Speaking with newsmen at the end of day one of the exercise, CSP Egbeyemi advised other owners of the illegal structures to remove them immediately, warning that the first day’s exercise was just a tip of the iceberg.
He affirmed that the committee will actualise its mandate to rid Ikoyi and Victoria Island of all illegal structures and all environmental nuisance, hinting that the cleanup exercise would span the next six months with the support of other agencies, including KAI, Neighbourhood Safety Corps and LAWMA.
Photo Credit: King Solomon Ekhaiyeme.