Lagos State Task Force in conjunction with the men of the Nigeria Police Force has cleared shanties and make-shift structures built haphazardly along the rail tracks and environs at Fagba.
This decision was to prevent the loss of life and property of the occupiers of the cleared shanties and Make-Shift structures due to the railway track that runs through the area and to checkmate the rate at which crimes and illegal activities are perpetrated along the axis as the illegal structures house the criminals and their weapon.
The exercise which kicked off in the wee hours of Saturday was led by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye who decried the state of decadence brought about by squatters in the area.
CSP Shola stated, “We had served the squatters here an eviction notice on the 20th of June but it is obvious they thought we were bluffing. We will carry out our operation with minimal force and ensure that the entire shanties are removed”.
“The plan of the State Government to completely reclaim the portion of roads occupied by squatter is non-negotiable. The enforcement takes place first, followed by monitoring and then sustenance. We will ensure these sites are monitored till they are fully occupied and put to good use by the State Government”, he added.
CSP Shola promised that no stone will be left unturned in stopping an attempt by the occupiers of the destroyed structures to stage a return back to the area as the agency has done at the Lekki Shanties area.
Giving an account of how the residents reacted to the operation, he stated that “Residents are excited seeing us clear out these structures due to the criminal haven it has become. They have complained of pick-pocketing, stealing and robbery usually perpetrated by the squatters but it is now a thing of the past”.
Jejeloye assured Lagosians that the operation would be extended to Pen Cinema and environs till serenity and safety are guaranteed. He, therefore, urged residents in the State to support the State Government's efforts in ensuring that acts that could be harmful to the environment are reported to the Agency for prompt action.
Tag: Lagos railway police
Written by Omooba Alekuwodo (omoobaalekuwodo)
Published 8/13/2023 7:01:30 PM