Lagos Taskforce Clear Street Traders, Squatters

Taskforce says it will continue to monitor areas it cleared to ensure compliance

06:11 PM WAT, Tue July 25, 2023

The Lagos State Taskforce says it revisited Lekki Coastal Road to clear illegal occupants. It stated that it will continue to return to locations it had dislodged squatters across the state to prevent miscreants from regrouping.

A statement by Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, Director, Press and Public Affairs,

Lagos State Taskforce said Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye led the operation where he directed strict and simultaneous monitoring for compliance of other locations cleared in the past.

Jejeloye said locations which had been visited for enforcement in the past weeks would not just be left unattended but would be closely monitored to ensure compliance.

He said that the planned actions were necessary to discourage miscreants from regrouping at those locations after the clearing exercise.

 “As a police officer, it is my duty to carry out enforcement exercises in areas marked for violating the environmental laws of the state in line with THEMES agenda of the present administration.

“Therefore, it is imperative that right after the clearing exercise, monitoring follows to prevent a reoccurrence of the anomalies we corrected,” he said.

The head of the Taskforce said that locations like Marwa Road, Lekki, Agege and Oshodi were key areas the agency was monitoring closely to ensure that the succor being enjoyed by residents was not short lived.

“The degradation of the environment affected the value of property and real estate which in turn, affects the economy but we have come to put a permanent stop to it,” he said.

Jejeloye added that the agency was getting ready for massive cleaning of Fagba down to Pen Cinema and Iso-koko where shanties and makeshift buildings had become a nuisance to residents.

He appealed to those in the habit of obstructing human traffic by displaying wares to desist forthwith or risk arrest and prosecution by the appropriate court.

Jejeloye advised Lagos residents to continually use feedback channels provided by the agency to report activities against the environmental laws of the state.