Lagos begins cleanup of VI, Ikoyi

The Lagos State Government, yesterday, commenced the enforcement exercise to clean up Ikoyi and Victoria Island and impounded 36 exotic cars, as well as trucks from an illegal car mart and mechanic workshop located on the pedestrian walkway along Murtala Mohammed Drive, formerly Bank Road in Ikoyi.

During the enforcement action, led by the Chairman, Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, Yinka Egbeyemi, four persons were also arrested and promptly arraigned before a mobile court.

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They were arrested for various offences, including conversion of a walkway on Bank Road into beer parlour, as well as transforming a pedestrian route into a car mart with 36 fairly-used vehicles displayed for sale.

The team also visited Adekunle Lawal (formerly McGregor Road) and Olawale Daudu Road (formerly Lord Rumens) to dismantle a makeshift car wash opposite Abraham’s Court, towing away four wrongly parked vehicles.

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A culprit, Olowu Oladipupo, was charged for converting the walkway into a beer parlour and fined N50, 000, while all the cartons of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks displayed were confiscated.On the other hand, three other persons- Lateef Olatunde, Damilare Taiwo and Lukman Jatto- who converted the walkway into a car lot, were fined on each of the counts after pleading guilty, while the 36 vehicles were impounded by the court.

Speaking with newsmen at the end of Day One of the exercise, Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), advised other owners of the illegal structures to remove them immediately, warning that 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 would last till the next six months with the support of other agencies, such as KAI, Neighbourhood Safety Corps and LAWMA.

The team had earlier embarked on several awareness campaigns through the electronic, print and social media to sensitise residents, owners of illegal structures on setbacks, walkways, drainage alignments, roadside mechanics and squatters in the affected areas, as well as the public on the need for compliance, maintaining that anyone caught would be punished in accordance with the environmental laws of the state.
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