It has been reported that Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce), carried out an over-night enforcement exercise in Mile 2, Lagos.
The exercise involved the removal of some illegal structures which comprised of shanties, mechanic workshops, containerised kiosks, and commercial bus garages located around Government Public Schools, Mile 2, Badagry Expressway, Lagos.
Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the enforcement, informed newsmen that the owners and occupants of these illegal structures were served a 7-day ‘Removal Notice’ to vacate the entire vicinity of the schools before the eventual demolition exercise.
CSP Egbeyemi stated:
”The removal exercise was as a result of numerous complaints and petitions by residents, particularly management of the Public Schools (Imoye High School and Amuwo Odofin Junior Secondary School),
”These removed illegal structures/shanties 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 .”
He also added that the owners of the illegal business structures in the area, such as the mechanics, the food and fruits vendors, and others have veered the entire area into an eye-sore.
”Everywhere including the surroundings of public schools, are usually littered with refuse, used tyres/metals and abandoned vehicles/trucks amongst others,” he added.