The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has said it would arraign 30 persons it arrested on Wednesday for re-building kiosks and shanties at Marwa ghetto few days after clearing the area to serve as alternate road to Lekki–Epe Expressway.
The 30 persons were arrested when a team led by the Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, Shola Jejeloye, inspected the stretch of the road, which his agency spent two days to clear for motorists to use in order to decongest Lekki-Epe Expressway.
Jejeloye who expressed shock at the level of shanties in the area stated that the government would arraign the illegal occupants to serve as deterrent to others.
“Government has been very lenient with them. We were here days before notices were served for them to understand the need to move away from this road. Days after that, I was here to serve them a three-day removal notice. We came the fifth day and we still allowed them to move their belongings before we removed all the shanties.
“We explained and explained again that this Marwa Ghetto they have built all their shanties is standing on strategic route that serve as alternative route to Lekki-Epe Expressway. It also leads to Lekki Free Trade Zone.
“Here we are again, they have re-grouped and re-built shanties on it. It is like daring the government. We would make scape-goat of these 30 people we have arrested and clear the shanties again,” a statement by the agency’s Head, Public Affairs, Femi Moliki read.
He said that the agency also impounded 57 motor cycles from riders plying prohibited routes in Costain, CMS and Lekki.
The Chairman noted that the agency would intensify its enforcement of Lagos State Traffic Law 2018.