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FLOODING: LASG issues 48-hour ultimatum for removal of ‘illegal’ structures

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FLOODING: LASG issues 48-hour ultimatum for removal of ‘illegal’ structures

The Lagos State Government says it has issued a new 48-hour abatement notice to owners of illegal structures in the Obalende area of the state to remove them.

All marked structures and shanties were said to be blocking drainage channels and obstructing free flow of water, resulting in flooding in the area when it rained.

All occupants of the target structures have also been asked to vacate them.

The Chairman, Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, made this known on Tuesday.

He noted that the notice would elapse on Thursday, July 27.

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He revealed that even though the initial six-month notice from the government expired recently, the law permitted the new 48 hours abatement notice to be served before demolition.

Egbeyemi said, “The flooding experienced in some parts of the state is not natural, but a man-made disaster due to carelessness of members of the public who dump refuse and used tyres into both primary and secondary water channels.

“We implore owners of illegal structures, shanties and containerised shops around Obalende, including under bridges, to remove them within 48 hours of this notice or have them demolished by the government.”

The chairman enjoined the people to observe total compliance, and sought maximum cooperation from them, warning miscreants around the area to relocate outside the state or be arrested and charged to court.

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