By Abiodun Adebayo
The Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) over the weekend demolished over 1,700 illegal shanties and containerised shops around Fagba Railway lines, Agege Lagos State.
The owners and occupants of the illegal shanties and containerised shops had earlier been served a 7-day ‘Removal Order’ by the government based on series of complaints about criminal activities around the area.
Speaking during the demolition exercise, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said after the expiration of the removal order, the government gave them additional 21days grace to remove their belongings and vacate the entire area before embarking on the demolition exercise.
According to Egbeyemi, the 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.
He affirmed that investigations conducted revealed that miscreants and hoodlums occupying the 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,” he added.
Egbeyemi confirmed that suspected illegal substances (Indian hemp) and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol were recovered during the demolition exercise.
He, however, enjoined members of the public to support government in salvaging the State from the clutches of the notorious criminals by reporting any noticeable criminal activities around them to security Agencies.