…..Committee warns liaison offices, buildings serving as hiding places
for street traders, okada riders of dire consequences
The Special Committee
on the Clean Up of IKoyi and VIctoria Island on Sunday announced that it has so
far impounded 215 vehicles and arrested and prosecuted 98 persons for various
sundry environmental offenses since the commencement of the exercise.
In a release signed
by the State Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji
Bello who also chairs the committee, the 215 vehicles were impounded from
various areas in Ikoyi and Victoria Island for parking in prohibited zones and
mechanic workshops located in unauthorized places.
He said those
arrested included street traders who displayed their wares on walkways, road
set backs, those operating illegal car wash centers and auto mobile
mechanics who converted public spaces to mechanic workshops as well as some
drivers of contravened vehicles who resisted the impoundment of the vehicles.
He explained that
those arrested were arraigned before mobile courts which sat at the Safety
Arena Mobile court In Oshodi and another mobile court which sat in Victoria
Island during one of the several raids and handed out sentences which included
He informed that in
terms of goods seized, those that are perishable are immediately sent to the
various orphanages and motherless babies homes spread across the state by the
Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps(LAGESC) while non- perishable items
are being kept at the agency store at Oshodi pending when a decision will be
taken on the seized items.
The Chairman added
that since the commencement of the exercise on January 10, the Special committee
and its enforcement gangs made up of operatives of the State Task Force on
Environmental and Special offenses, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation
Corps(LAGESC), Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the Lagos State Waste
Management Authority(LAWMA) have also been conducting daily raids across
several streets to clear all shanties and structures on Drainage channels as
well as occupants of abandoned buildings.
He warned those
managing liaison offices and other types of buildings, some of which have been
abandoned, against serving as hiding places for okada riders and street
traders, many of who usually seek refuge in them when raids are carried out.
He warned that if the
practice continued, the committee would compile the list of such abandoned
offices, publish it and may advice the State Government to take legal measures
to acquire such buildings.
Bello emphasised that
the committe will intensify the clean up campaign until complete sanity is
restored in all the areas of Ikoyi and Victoria Island
He listed some of the
streets were the clean- up committee have operated and cleared shanties,
structures on Drainage setbacks, street traders and roadside mechanics, cart
pushers include Ahmadu Bello Way, Ozumba Mbadiwe, Koko Abayomi, Idowu Martins,
Anifowoshe, Adeola Odeku, Saka Tinubu, BIshop Oluwole, Amodu Ojikutu, Ologun
Agbeje, Akin Adesola, Adeola Hopewell, Churchgate, Idowu Taylor and Tiamiyu
Others include Karimu
Kotun, Olosa street, Oko Awo, Sanusi Fafunwa Balarabe Musa, BIshop Aboyade
Cole, Ligali Ayorinde and Ajose Adeogun while the areas already cleared in
Ikoyi include Bank Road, Bedwell Road, Bourdillon Road, Alexander Avenue,
Gerrard Road, Queens Drive, Olumegbon,Olawale Daodu, Thompson and Club Road,
Awolowo road and Second Avenue.
Also speaking on the
exercise, the director of operation, who also doubles as the Senior Special
Assistant to the Governor on Waste Monitoring, Mr Ayo Williams, said the clean
-up committee is determined to force a relocation for all street traders and
owners and occupiers of shanties and illegal structures in Ikoyi and Victoria
Island by seizing their wares, dismantling the structures and prosecuting those
arrested on a daily basis, both day and night.