Lagos agency demolishes 21 illegal buildings

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Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) yesterday demolished 21 buildings erected illegally on government’s land in Ogudu.

The parcel of land measuring 7.6 hectares at Abule Shoko, Ogudu is said to belong to the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC).

Officials of LASBCA stormed the swampy area in the morning for the demolition.

Residents scampered to salvage their belongings.

The state government said it issued quit notices to the residents about a year ago and followed it up with another notice four months ago.

LASBCA General Manager Lekan Shodeinde said government had a plan to use the parcel of land for mass housing scheme.

The exercise, he said, was to reclaim the land encroached on by the residents.

“We came here to remove the structures as we have marked them a year ago. The last exercise was four months ago. These structures are not habitable,” he said.

According to him, the residents never got approval before erecting the buildings.

“Our duty is to ensure that government’s land is not encroached on. We won’t be here if the land does not belong to the government. This land is part of the Rent-to-own programme of the state government,” he said.

Residents of the area lamented that they were giving short notice.

A landlord, whose property was demolished, Mrs Kehinde Thompson, said she acquired the land from ‘Omo Onile’ 20 years ago, but said that she had no Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) on the property.

According to her, government served them notice last October and later came with another evacuation notice on Wednesday before yesterday’s demolition.

Mrs Thompson described the action as unfair.

Patience Ibrahim lamented that the 24 hours notification given by government was too short to get accommodation.

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