The Lagos State Government (LASG) has identified illegal structures and abandoned vehicles on the Lekki/Ajah Coastal Road as hideouts for suspected robbers that operate in traffic.
It had also given three days starting from today, July 26, 2021, to the owners of illegal structures and abandoned vehicles in the area to remove them.
CSP Shola Jejeloye, the Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce), stated this on Monday, July 26, in a statement issued by the Head of Public Affairs Unit of the agency, Mr Femi Moliki.
Jejeloye said that the removal order became necessary after he led his team to construction sites; along the coastal road which serves as an alternative route for motorists plying the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
He noted that the removal of shanties and criminal hideouts in the Marwa Waterside area would help reduce robberies during traffic; as well as other criminal activities on Lekki/Ajah Corridor, particularly, at Jakande Roundabout.
The chairman said that the makeshift structures; shanties; kiosks; as well as vehicles at Maroko; and Lekki Coastal Road were also obstructing ongoing road construction in the area.
“This stretch of road has been taken over by mechanics; block makers; bamboo and wood sellers; shanties; as well as other illegal occupiers, which are going to hamper road construction work in the area.
“On the expiration of the removal notice on Thursday, officials of the agency will remove all structures; shanties; abandoned vehicles; and also materials in the area,” he said.
1st News reports that the Lagos State Government had in December 2019 removed all the illegal structures on the Lekki Coastal Road to pave way for its construction.
Meanwhile, the Controller-General of the Immigration Service (CGIS), Mr Mohammed Babandede, has stated that the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) travelling certificates will soon be replaced with biometric cards.
The newly appointed spokesman of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Assistant Controller (AC) Amos Okpu, confirmed the plan during a press briefing in Lagos on Monday, July 26.
According to Okpu, an individual’s data will be linked with the new biometric card; a feature that the ECOWAS travelling certificate does not possess.
“The new biometric card containing all information about the user.’’