By Christopher Oji, Lagos
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) has served squatters at Iganmu Under Bridge (Whitesand) a three-day removal notice of all illegal structures, trucks and vehicles in the area.
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, advised the owners of the illegal structures, abandoned trucks and shanties to immediately remove them as well as vacate the area within the stipulated date given to them by the state government.
CSP Jejeloye, appealing to traders, mechanics, and other squatters living under the bridge in clusters, noted that the government would enforce the theee-day removal notice on Thursday, May 13.
He disclosed that the “Removal Notice” became necessary in view of the rising incidences of traffic robberies around the area and environmental nuisance caused by the squatters in the area.
The Chairman noted that the government is worried by the squalid environment and that it is serving as hideouts for criminals, who daily dispossess road users of their valuables every now and then, adding that the present nature of the environment allow criminals to escape police arrest.
He added that the state government was committed to reducing the traffic incidence around Ijora and Apapa and therefore, becomes important to remove every bottlenecks to such policy. He stated that the indiscriminate parking and abandonment of trucks on the road is inimical to that policy.
He warned the owners of abandoned trucks and vehicles, shanties, containers, kiosks to remove them from the area before the expiration of the deadline, adding that this won’t be the first Notice of Removal being served on the occupiers.
‘Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s newly signed “Executive Order” on traffic and sanitation declared zero tolerance for environmental abuse, illegal and indiscriminate dumping of refuse and defacing the environment.
‘I can assure you that Government would enforce this notice come this Thursday,’ he said.