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Flood: Lagos issues a 48-hour ultimatum to Obalende shanty dwellers, miscreants, others

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Government, yesterday, served another 48 hours  ‘Abatement Notice’, Tuesday, 25th to Thursday, 27th of July, 2017, to all owners of illegal structures and shanties including containerised shops around Obalende to remove them immediately or face demolition and prosecution.
Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force Superintendent of Police, Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that the illegal structures and shanties including containerised shops were directly constructed right on water channels thereby,  blocking free flow of water through drainage and canals around Obalende with resultant floods whenever it rains.
He disclosed further that the initial 6-month notice from the government expired recently but the law permitted this new 48 hours ‘Abatement Notice’  to be served before any demolition.
The Chairman stated that perennial flooding experiencing in some parts of the State were not natural but a ‘Man-Made Disaster’ due to carelessness of residents who are fond of dumping refuse and used tyres into both secondary / primary water channels (canals and drainages).
Egbeyemi therefore, implored owners of such illegal structures, shanties  and containerised shops around Obalende including under bridges to remove them within 48 hours of the notice or have them demolished by the government and owners arrezted for prosecution.
He said that motor mechanics and all other form of unauthorised commercial activities within Obalende and its environs were also affected by this notice.
Egbeyemi who seek for a total compliance and maximum cooperation from the people around Obalende however, advised miscreants and hoodlums around the area to relocate outside the State as anyone arrested would be immediately charge to court for prosecutions.

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