In a bid to rid the state of crime, the Lagos States Government (LASG) through the Lagos State Task Force served 7-days ‘removal notice’ to all owners and occupiers of illegal structures and shanties including containerized shops around Abattoir and Oko-oba communities in Agege, Lagos Mainland.
The occupants of the shanties were instructed to remove the structures including their belongings immediately.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi who led the enforcement team noted that “over 2500 illegal shanties including containerized shops were served a ‘removal order’ within Abattoir and Fagba areas by Railway side, Agege, Lagos Mainland.”
SP Egbeyemi disclosed further that these illegal shanties were occupied by miscreants and hoodlums who terrorized innocent citizens around Agege area by dispossessing them of their valuables such as phones, wallets, and pieces of jewelry both early morning and late at night.
“It was an eye-sore with miscreants and hoodlums freely smoking and selling Indian hemp including prostitution by underage boys and girls around the area,” he said.
Meanwhile, Egbeyemi disclosed that residents “around Oko-oba railway line including Estate could no longer sleep with their two eyes closed as there were series of complaints about criminal activities of these miscreants and hoodlums.”
He added that “these illegal shanties within Abattoir aside of being on the landscape of the Abattoir complex and harbouring miscreants are contributing to the growing concern of health, environment and safety issues in and around Agege area.”
Moreover, SP Egbeyemi stressed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi has directed that immediately after the expiration of the 7-Day ‘removal notice’, any miscreants or hoodlums arrested be charged to court for prosecution.
He concluded saying the agency would soon carryout a raid on all criminal hideouts and black-spots across the State adding that the security operatives of the Lagos State Police Command would not relent in ensuring a secure and safe environment for citizens within the state.