LAGOS DESTROYS 1,700 SHANTIES, RECOVERS ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES AT AGEGE
Personnel of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit have demolished over 1,700 shanties and containerised shops around Fagba Railway lines, Agege.
Chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi,in a statement through its head of Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq, made this known in a statement on Sunday, November 29.
Egbeyemi said owners and occupants of the demolished shanties and containerised shops had been served a seven-day ‘removal order’ by the Government following a series of complaints about criminal activities around Fagba, Agege.
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He explained that after the expiration of the removal order, the Government gave them additional 21 days grace to remove their belongings and vacate the entire area before embarking on the demolition exercise.
The Chairman said, “These illegal shanties and containerised shops were occupied by miscreants and hoodlums who terrorised innocent citizens around Fagba, Iju-Ishaga and Pen-Cinema area, dispossessing them of their valuables, especially early in the day and late at night.
“Investigations conducted revealed that miscreants and hoodlums occupying these illegal shanties were responsible for the destructions of public properties and looting of shops immediately after the recent ‘EndSARS’ protest around Agege.
“It was an eyesore with miscreants and hoodlums freely smoking and selling Indian hemp including prostitution by under-age boys and girls around Fagba railway lines.”
The chairman confirmed that suspected illegal substances such as Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs such as codeine, skunk and tramadol were recovered during the demolition exercise.
He hereby urged members of the public to support the Government in salvaging the State from the clutches of these notorious criminals by reporting any suspicious activities around them to security agencies.