The Lagos State Taskforce has arrested 38 suspects in the Lekki Coastal Road area, following the dislodgement of illegal squatters in the region last week. The Taskforce carried out a follow-up exercise and mop-up operation in the area, aimed at creating a serene and habitable environment for residents by removing shanties and criminal hideouts.
The operation, which took place in the early hours of Sunday and lasted for about six hours, was led by the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye. Jejeloye disclosed that 38 recalcitrant suspects were arrested during the operation, warning all squatters and unscrupulous elements who tried to scuttle the Agency’s activities to have a rethink or risk being prosecuted.
According to Jejeloye, the makeshift shanties by the roadside were also further demolished to ensure free vehicular movement along that route. He appealed to roadside traders in the area to move their wares to the designated market complex rather than defacing the streets and roads.
“Clearing of this area will be sustained for as long as it takes till we achieve our objective of creating a society that is safe and habitable for residents and Lagosians as a whole,” Jejeloye said.
The Lagos State Government has been actively pursuing the creation of a cleaner and safer environment for residents in recent years. The state government has embarked on several initiatives aimed at achieving this goal, including the removal of shanties and the enforcement of environmental laws. The taskforce’s efforts in the Lekki Coastal Road area are part of this ongoing campaign to create a safer and more habitable environment for Lagosians.