By Monsuru Olowoopejo
Lagos—THE Lagos State Government yesterday demolished no fewer than 21 buildings allegedly erected illegally on government’s land in Ogudu axis, to restore original master plan of the community.
Property on the parcel of land, 7.6 hectares, at Abule Shoko area, Ogudu, were demolished by the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, to develop mass housing.
Vanguard gathered that LASBCA officials stormed the slummy area at the early hours of yesterday and commenced demolition, forcing residents to struggle to save their property.
It was gathered that the state government had over a year ago, issued quit notices to the occupants and that another notice was served to the owners four months ago before yesterday’s demolition exercise.
General Manager, LASBCA, Lekan Shodeinde, said government planned to use the land for mass housing development, noting that the affected buildings had been marked for demolition a year ago.
According to him: “We came here to remove the structures as we have marked them a year ago. The last exercise was four months ago. These structures are not habitable. And more so, the residents never got government’s approval before erecting their structures. Our duty is to ensure that government’s land is not encroached on. The land belongs to the LSDPC and we won’t be here if the land does not belong to them. This land is part of the Rent-to-own programme of the state government.”