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Chaos as hoodlums attack LASG officials in Mushin

There was chaos in Mushin community, Lagos Mainland, on Thursday, May 10, 2018, after the officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) stormed the area with a bulldozer to demolish a two-storey building under construction.

It was gathered that angry hoodlums in the area attacked the officials of the agency who only escaped by the whiskers in spite of being escorted by security men.

A total of six vehicles were vandalised by the attackers, who were said to have even blocked the road with a Toyota Camry daring the government officials to leave the area, Punch reports.

It was learnt that the situation was brought under control by gallant Police operatives who mobilized to the area after being informed of the chaos.

Trouble reportedly started after the agency officials had demolished a building located at No. 77 Ogunmokun Street, Mushin, Lagos Mainland, with a bulldozer on account that the owner had no building permit.

It was learnt that the owner of the building was said to have been served a notice to stop work on the affected structure since January 2018, but continued illegal development of the property. This however, prompted persons believed to be in support of the owner attacking the agency officials.

Meanwhile, 11 other buildings were sealed by LASBCA in Mushin as the affected structures were said not to have building permit and other relevant documents.

According to LASBCA General Manager, Engr. Olalekan Shodeinde, it was no longer going to be business as usual as the government was determined to get rid of illegal development across the state and stem the tide of collapsed buildings.

“Before now, we have been civil in our enforcement, but the developers have remained recalcitrant by continuing in their illegal development. Most of these developers don’t have submission talk less of having permits,” he said.

He noted that the agency should not be running after illegal developers if they did the right thing by obtaining their building permits and submitting other documents for approval.

“Most of these illegal developments were done at night with substandard materials being used. They don’t get the needed permit or follow due process before erecting them,” he said.

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