The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit says it has demolished over 1,700 illegal shanties and containerised shops around Fagba railway lines in the Agege neighbourhood.
The agency’s chairman, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, said this in Lagos on Sunday in a statement by its Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq.
Egbeyemi said that owners and occupants of these illegal shanties had been served a seven-day “Removal Order”.
“This removal order, which is from the government, was based on a series of complaints about criminal activities around Fagba, Agege,” he said.
He added that upon expiration of the removal order, the government gave them additional 21 days to remove their belongings and vacate the area before embarking on the demolition exercise.
“These illegal shanties and containerised shops were occupied by miscreants and hoodlums, who terrorised innocent citizens around Fagba, Iju-Ishaga and Pen-Cinema areas.
“These hoodlums dispose innocent citizens of their valuables, especially early in the day and late at night,” he said.
Egbeyemi said that investigations conducted revealed that hoodlums, occupying these illegal shanties, were the masterminds of the destruction of public properties during the recent #EndSARS protests.
“They are also responsible for looting of shops immediately after the recent #EndSARS protest around Agege.
“It was an eyesore with miscreants and hoodlums freely smoking and selling Indian hemp, as well as prostitution by under-age boys and girls around Fagba railway lines,” he added.
The chairman said that suspected illegal substances like Indian hemp and other dangerous drugs such as Codeine, Skunk and Tramadol, were seized during the demolition exercise.
He urged members of the public to support the government in its efforts to salvage the state from the clutches of these notorious criminals by promptly reporting perceptible criminal activities around them to security agencies.