Lagos State Government Cracks Down on Illegal Settlements Under Bridges in Ikoyi



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The Lagos State Government has intensified its crackdown on illegal settlements under bridges in the Ikoyi area, aiming to arrest and prosecute those responsible for renting out apartments to tenants who live there and even bear children. Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, revealed this during a ministerial press briefing held at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, as part of the commemoration of the first year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s second term in office.

Wahab disclosed that the government’s operatives had arrested a total of 1,032 individuals for crossing highways and failing to use pedestrian bridges. Additionally, 165 miscreants and squatters were dislodged from pedestrian bridges across the state. In a recent operation, an illegal housing settlement constructed under the Dolphin Bridge in Ikoyi was uncovered, consisting of 80 partitioned rooms and a container used for various illicit activities. Thirty-six miscreants were arrested during the operation, with efforts ongoing to apprehend the ring leaders responsible for renting out the underbridge apartments.

The government’s crackdown on illegal settlements extends beyond the Dolphin Bridge, as another illegal settlement was discovered under the Osborne Bridge in Ikoyi. The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps promptly commenced clearance operations at the site.

Furthermore, the government has taken action against the use of Styrofoam food containers due to health and environmental concerns. Over 900 kg of Styrofoam containers have been confiscated and deposited for destruction. Additionally, efforts have been intensified to raise public awareness about the dangers of continued use of Styrofoam containers.

The clampdown on illegal structures and environmental offenses across the metropolis continues, with the arrest of 1,081 environmental offenders and prosecution of 1,016 individuals. The eviction of illegal settlers under bridges towards Dolphin Estate in Ikoyi resulted in the arrest of 23 individuals as part of the ongoing efforts to rid Lagos of illegal structures.

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