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LASG Institutes Manhunt For Suspected Landlords Of Underbridge Tenants

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The Lagos State Government has commenced a manhunt to arrest and prosecute the suspected landlord who rented apartments to tenants under Lagos bridges, most especially in the Ikoyi area of the State.

AN24 recalls that, on Wednesday and Thursday, the State government uncovered some apartments under a bridge in the highbrow area of Ikoyi, Lagos State.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tokunbo Wahab, said 36 suspected miscreants were arrested during the recent raid at Ikoyi bridge.

The Commissioner disclosed this on Friday at the ongoing ministerial press briefing to commemorate the first year of the second term of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration in office, held at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos.

His words partly read, “In a renewed step to ensure safety of lives of residents, the Operatives of Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI/LAGESC, in line with the provisions of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Management law renewed the enforcement of the use of pedestrian bridges.

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“At the count, a total number of 1,032 persons were arrested for crossing the highway and failure to use pedestrian bridges.

“165 miscreants and squatters on the pedestrian bridges across the State were also dislodged and the bridges cleaned up. Just about 24 hours ago, the operatives carried out an operation that unearthed a major illegal housing settlement constructed under the Dolphin Bridge in Ikoyi.

“An unbelievable 80 rooms partitioned 10×10 and 10×12 and a container used for different illegal activities was also discovered.

“All the structures have been dismantled and a total of 36 miscreants who lived under the the bridge were arrested while efforts are being intensified to arrest the ring leaders who rented out the underbridge apartments which also add electricity supply”, Wahab said.

The Commissioner urged leaders at the grassroot level as well as Lagos residents to take ownership of their environment, keep watch of their locality as this will help curtail illegal activities in the society.

As part of activities lined up to unveil the achievements of Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration in office for the second term, the ongoing ministerial press briefings which commenced 23rd April, will run until May 28, 2024.

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