Lagos State government removes squatters under Iganmu Bridge
Lagos State’s Environmental and Special Crimes Unit (Task Force) relocated squatters, removed shacks and evacuated abandoned vehicles under the Iganmu Bridge after a three-day notice sent Monday to illegal residents of the area.
Working Group Chairperson, CSP Shola Jedzheloye, speaking Thursday after the exercise, said the state government intends to use the site immediately to ensure that illegal squatters do not return to the scene.
He recalled that during the visit of Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Babajide Sanvo-Olu, it was agreed that the place should be relieved as part of efforts to lift the blockade of the movement in Apap.
Jejeloy explained that residents of the Iganmu Bridge were advised to leave the area six months ago before receiving a 72-hour expulsion notice on Monday.
He noted that relevant government agencies, including the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), LASPARK and security services, have been tasked with taking control and management of the area.
The president predicted that the clearing and relocation of squatters would put an end to ruthless robberies, indiscriminate truck parking, environmental disruption and the sale of hard drugs prevalent in the area.
“The state government will properly support this place. This will discourage the return of squatters, especially those who use the area for illegal activities and hiding places, ”he said.
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