By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences on Thursday demolished all the illegal structures under the Iganmu bridge, in compliance with the agenda of the State Government in turning Lagos to a mega city.
The demolition exercise followed a 3 -day fresh removal notice issued the occupants of the illegal structures, including trucks and kiosks by the Agency, after earlier quit notice served six months ago.
Our correspondent who witnessed the demolition exercise, reports that the operatives led by the chairman of the Agency CSP Shola Jejeloye stormed the area with caterpillars as early as 7.00am and dislodged occupants and demolished the structures under watertight security.
As witnessed, all the structures dotting the under bridge from Breweries axis towards Ijora and the ones towards the Iganmu axis were ferociously demolished.
Speaking with newsmen at the scene, chairman of the Agency CSP Shola Jejeloye said the exercise followed the visit of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the area while looking into the gridlock on the road to Apapa.
He noted that the area is an eyesore following the nefarious activities perpetrated by occupants, who are majorly criminals, causing artificial gridlock on the road.
“: Several illegal activities are going on here, they are all Illegal occupants, nothing is going on here except crime. We have served them several notices, they create artificial traffic, they constitute environmental nuisance, selling of all kinds of hard drugs and other vices.
Moreso, there living here is hazardous and dangerous to their health for them to stay under the bridge”, the Taskforce boss pointed out.
Asserting that the demolition exercise has the backing of the Federal Government, Jejeloye stressed that the essence is to key into the agenda of “T.H.E.M.E” of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration and the project of turning Lagos into mega city.
When reminded of similar exercise in the past without a headway, the Taskforce chairman assured that the exercise is an holistic one that would permanently put an end to environmental nuisance in the area.
He said all the structures would be set ablaze after demolition, while possession of the area will be taken for further development, even as he added that the exercise will be extended to Whitesand, a notorious hideout for criminals.
His words” This exercise is multi -purpose, another team is carrying on at the other side. As we’re demolishing, we are going to set it on fire and we are taking possession immediately and once we leave here we are going to Whitesand, which is just behind here.
That’s why we have come with fire fighter and the Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and once we are through, the LASEPA people will come in”.