Squatters living in illegal shanties beside the Lagos coastal road in the Mayegun district of Lekki were served a four-day evacuation notice by the Lagos State Government on Sunday, March 3.

This was announced on Monday, March 4, by the Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, via his X handle.

Squatters and those living in makeshift homes near the Regional Road Alignment are required to leave the area by Thursday afternoon, according to him.

In response to the careless proliferation of makeshift homes and other illegal buildings, the Lagos State Government has given a four-day warning to all squatters living in the vicinity of the Lagos coastal route in the Mayegun, Lekki neighborhood of the city to leave.

“All of these illegal shanties and squatters, located near the Regional Road Alignment, are required to leave the area by Thursday afternoon,” stated Tokunbo Wahab, HC MOE&WR, speaking to reporters following an inspection tour of Jakande, Elegushi itedo, System 156, on Orchid Road.

He cautioned that all properties had been handed required notifications and that failing to vacate would invite enforcement operators starting from early Friday am.

The government has approved several projects, including the Agege Red rail line, the Obalende and Ijora underbridges, and the Obalende and Apongbon underbridges.

Most of the cleaned places were infamous for housing criminals and posed a threat to the locals, I feel compelled to mention that.

As part of the state-wide enforcement drive, the team will also visit Aboru, Command, and Abule-Egba to assess the progress being made in those locations.

Property owners and affected citizens who were handed violation notices in the fourth quarter of 2023 were invited to many stakeholder meetings by the government. However, since then, no commitment has been witnessed from the affected community members.

“The team also made a stop at Ilubirin to check in on the progress of the ongoing project to deflood Lagos Island. The contractor has confirmed that the project will be completed in 90 days,” the report read. The government plans to revitalize Isale Eko and the surrounding area, and in order to do so, the outflow of water must go through Ilubirin, making it a strategically important location, he said.

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