Task Force to demolish illegal structures at Ibeju-Lekki

•Issues 7-day ultimatum •Says Apapa Tin Can park wearing new look

Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) said it has concluded all arrangements to demolish illegal structures encroaching on ‘Idera Land Scheme’ in lbeju-Lekki area of the state, within seven days.

Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed this on Sunday, even as he said that Apapa Tin Can Island Park is to be redeveloped and given a new look by the state government

Egbeyemi, who disclosed this in a statement made available by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Adebayo Taofiq, vowed that all the affected structures and shanties on Idera Land Scheme, in Ibeju Lekki would be demolished after the expiration of the 7- day ‘Removal Order’ served by the Task Force.

This was just as he further vowed that all illegal structures and buildings constructed on state lands by person, companies or institutions without valid titles from the government across the state would be demolished.

“All illegal structures and buildings constructed on state lands by person, companies or institutions without valid titles from the government across the State would be removed,” he warned.

The Task Force boss, while noting that the expiration would lapse on Wednesday, 19th of August, 2020, said the state government had observed with dismay the massive encroachment by individuals, private estate developers and land speculators on land, using them to defraud innocent members of the public into purchasing parcels of land within government acquisition areas across the state particularly around Ibeju-Lekki corridor.

He implored Lagosians who were interested in purchasing lands in the state, to first verify the Land records at the State Land Registry or Surveyor General’s Office where millions of land documents were stored in the ‘Electronic Data Management System (EDMS).’

According to him, the EDMS consists of details of documented lands and properties in the state, saying this was imperative in order for those who were out to purchase a landed property not to be swindled by speculators.

Egbeyemi equally warned miscreants, illegal mechanics, food vendors and owners of illegal shanties within Apapa Tin Can Island Park to vacate within 7 days.

He said the quit became necessary because the entire area was set to be redeveloped and given a new look in line with the T.H.E.M.E Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu- led administration in transforming the state into a functional and efficient model Mega-City.

The Task Force boss further warned that a situation where illegal squatters jumped on to government acquired land to erect illegal structures and shanties would no longer be tolerated by the government.

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