Lagos begins cleanup Of Ikoyi and VI (See Details)


Lagos State Government, yesterday, has commenced the enforcement exercise to clean up some area of the state, Ikoyi and Victoria Island and impounded 36 exotic cars, as well as illegal car mart and mechanic workshop which was located on the pedestrian walkway of Murtala Mohammed road, formerly Bank Road in Ikoyi. Lagos State.

At the moment of the enforcement action, led by the Chairman of Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, Mr. Yinka Egbeyemi, revealed that four persons were arrested and promptly arraigned before a mobile court.

The reports revealed that those people involved in the arrest were arrested for various offences, including conversion of a walkway on Bank Road into beer parlour, as well as turning a pedestrian into a car mart with about 36 vehicles on displayed for sale.

It was also added that the team pay a visit to McGregor and Lord Rumens road, to dismantle a makeshift car-wash opposite Abraham’s Court, towing away four wrongly parked vehicles.

The accused, named Olowu Oladipupo, was charged for turning the walkway to a beer-restaurant and he was fined the amount of N50,000, while all the cartons of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks recovered were confiscated. three other persons who were identified as Lateef Olatunde, Damilare Taiwo and Lukman Jatto, who converted the walkway into a car lot, were fined on each of the counts after pleaded guilty and 36 vehicles recovered were impoundment by the court.

Speaking with newsmen agency, Mr. Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), advised other owners of the illegal structures to remove them with immediate effect, and also added that the yesterday’s exercise was just a tip of the iceberg. He said his team would actualise its mandate to rid Ikoyi and Victoria Island of all illegal structures and all environmental nuisance, hinting that the cleanup will continue for the next six months with the support from other agencies, KAI, and Neighborhood Safety Corps and LAWMA.

However, Mr. Egbeyemi gives also give a strong warning to nightclub owners and ‘karaoke operators’ who encourage their customers in parking their cars on the main roads, and that makes life difficult for residents to gain free access to their homes and anybody caught with this act will witness punishment from the government.

It was earlier reported that the state had embarked on several awareness and campaigns through electronic, print and social media to sensitize residents and owners of illegal structures on setbacks.

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