The Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offenses Unit (Lagos Taskforce), CSP Shola Jejeloye has said that the Agency will do all it takes in ensuring that environmental degraders scattered across various parts of the State are either brought to book or made to leave the State.
He made this declaration today at Lekki Coastal Road where the Agency carried out a cleanup exercise after serving squatters in the area several notices to evacuate the axis.
The exercise which was led by the Chairman kicked off at about 3 am and lasted several hours. He warned squatters present to vacate the large expanse of land which had already been marked as an alternate route by the State Government.
“This is a complete exercise which has been replicated in other parts of the State like Owode and Waterworks. I gave them a seven-day notice and warned them that it would not be business as usual but they thought it was a joke. It is clear now that the State Government means business”, he stated.
Jejeloye also assured of the sustenance of the exercise, stating that the Agency would ensure that the axis would become a pindown point with patrol vehicles stationed on both ends to prevent anyone from inhabiting there any longer.
“With this action of ours today, it will be noticed that criminality on our highways, especially Lekki-Epe Expressway would reduce drastically. The perpetrators of traffic crime make use of these shanties as their take-off point but with this new development, it will be a thing of the past”.
Jejeloye assured residents that plans are in the pipeline by the State Government to take proper possession of the Road and construct something meaningful and beneficial to all Lagosians. He urged Lagosians to report anyone involved in activities that could be harmful to the environment and appealed to residents to join hands in ensuring that Lagos State is safe, secure and habitable for all.