Lagos State Taskforce has demolished shanties along Lekki Coastal Road and its environs.

The demolition exercise which was led by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye took place after an eviction notice was served to the illegal occupants who had constructed makeshift buildings, some of which were constructed right under high-tension cables running through the area. 

CSP Jejeloye pointed out that the shanties not only constitute health and safety risks to residents in the area but also serve as a haven for criminals who make use of such locations as a hideout.

The Chairman said “This is the third major enforcement we are carrying out in this very location as we did two years ago and even last year. Some of the kiosks are built under the high tension cable which is very dangerous”.

“What you are seeing today is the fulfillment of  Lagos State Government’s promise to maintain and sustain a serene and habitable environment, free from security incidents and occurrences. Just as you would recall, the areas where these shanties are built have been mapped out by the State Government to serve as an alternate route to motorists along that axis when completed”, he stated.

He also disclosed that the shanties which were built with wood, caught fire some weeks ago and led to the partial burning of a building across the fence where the shanties are located. 

The Chairman assured Lagosians and residents of the Lekki Coastal axis that the shanties will never be allowed to spring up again, adding that men of the Taskforce would be stationed to monitor the axis forthwith.

CSP Jejeloye, however, further appealed to residents and CDAs of the area to collaborate and come up with sustainable plans like employing private security men to monitor the axis to prevent any unscrupulous individuals from erecting such makeshift structures. 

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