In it’s bid to enforce the Lagos State Environmental Law and Lagos State Traffic Reform Law of 2018, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) has demolished over 150 illegal shanties, kiosks and shop extension within Agege and its environs.
The exercise was specifically carried out Wednesday, around Community Central Mosque popularly called (Masalashi Alhaja).
Speaking about the exercise, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said the Mosque had been sealed for over four months, due to the attack on officials of the Lagos State COVID-19 Taskforce by some worshippers while enforcing the lockdown directives by the State and Federal Government.
He said the demolition exercise became imperative following the degradation of the environment by miscreants and illegal traders in the area, particularly within the vicinity of the mosque.
The Chairman disclosed that relevant stakeholders, including Alhaji Musa Muhammad Dogon Kadai, the Sarki of Agege, were notified before the demolition of the illegal shanties and kiosks took place. He said: “The area has since become an eyesore and security threat to residents including members of the public as the entire area including the surroundings of the mosque had been occupied by miscreants and illegal traders,” he added.
CSP Egbeyemi, however, assured members of the public that it is the responsibility of the Agency to enforce both the Lagos State Environmental Law and Lagos State Traffic Reform Law of 2018 inline with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the present administration.