The Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), Shola Jejeloye, a Chief Superintendent of Police, has disclosed that Lagos State Government would put Iganmu Underbridge to good use immediately.
CSP Jejeloye, said this after peacefully dislodging squatters and removed shanties as well as abandoned vehicles from the sprawling area.
He had on Monday, 10 May, 2021 served the occupants and owners of abandoned vehicles in the area a 3-day notice to remove kiosks, shanties and abandoned vehicles from the area.
He stated that the State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu vistied the area in company of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and that it was agreed that the place should be put to use as part of efforts to finding lasting solutions to the traffic jam in Apapa.
Jejeloye explained that the occupants of the Iganmu Underbridge were informed to leave the area six months ago before they were eventually served a 72-hour removal notice on Monday.
He noted that relevant government agencies including the state Ministries of Environment and Water Resources, Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA), LASPARK and security agencies have been mandated to take possession of the area for cleaning up and managing the area.
He added that the clearing of the place and dislodgement of squatters would bring to an end the incessant traffic robberies, indiscriminate parking of trucks, environmental nuisance and selling of hard drugs prevalent in the area.
“The state government would sustain this place. All those illegal activities and this area serving as hideouts for criminals would no longer be allowed,” he stated.