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Lagos looking for owners of 86 rooms

The Lagos State Government has revealed that it has intensified efforts to arrest suspected gang leaders who rented the 86 apartments at Dolphin Estate Bridge in Ikoyi.

Following a discovery by the state government on Wednesday, it was revealed that 86 partitioned rooms, measuring 10×10 and 12×10, were being used as makeshift apartments under the bridge.

Tenants occupying these rooms are reported to pay N250,000 annually.

The State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, during the ongoing ministerial press conference to commemorate the second term of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu revealed that 165 miscreants and squatters on footbridges across the state also They were evacuated and the bridges were cleaned.

At the briefing held in Alausa, Ikeja on Friday, Wahab said: “The government has also intensified its efforts to arrest and prosecute the leaders of the network who rented the apartments under the bridge to tenants who also raise their children in the place.

“Just 24 hours ago, officers carried out an operation that unearthed a major illegal housing settlement built under the Dolphin Ikoyi Bridge.

“An incredible amount of 80 rooms divided into 10×10 and 10×12, and a container used for illegal activities, were also discovered.

“All the structures have been dismantled and a total of 26 miscreants living underneath were arrested, while efforts are intensifying to arrest the gang leaders who were renting the apartments under the bridge, which also had electricity supply.”

Highlighting some of the ministry’s achievements, the commissioner added that 1,037 people were arrested for crossing roads and not using pedestrian bridges across the state.

“The Indiscipline Kick, together with the state Special Crimes Task Force, also cleared the Ijora Causeway lower bridge, Apongbon lower bridge and Obalende lower bridge, which has become an abode for undesirable elements. that posed a security risk. the state.

“They also carried out the clearing of the Lagos Coastal Road at Maiyegun Estate, Jakande, in preparation for the commencement of the construction of the Lagos Coastal Road. The agency arrested a total of 1,886, including illegal traders, hawkers, environmental polluters and rickshaw peddlers.

“All these individuals were prosecuted in accordance with the Lagos State Environmental Protection Management Act 2017,” he added.

Wahab further claimed that perishable food and goods confiscated during the raids were donated to orphanages, orphan baby homes and the needy as prescribed by law.

“The Lagos Signage and Advertising Company has embarked on a comprehensive project to replace dilapidated street directional signs across the state.

“The ministry, during the period under review, through its state Environmental Protection Agency, carried out 367 law enforcement activities in homes, markets, hotels, warehouses, service centers, restaurants, shops, churches and mosques.

“140 hospital facilities, supermarkets, nightclubs, and bakeries were also reached to ensure compliance with state environmental laws,” the commissioner said.