By Bose Adelaja
Lagos States Government, yesterday, arraigned 50 suspects before Chief Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi of Court 4, Ikeja Magisterial District, over an attack and vandalisation of government equipment (caterpillar) around Idansan village, Ibeju, Lekki, Lagos.
Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the 50 suspects, including four girls, attacked officials of Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, during the demolition of shanties erected on acquired land and set fire on a caterpillar belonging to the government.
CSP Egbeyemi disclosed further that LASBCA officials were attacked with stones, metals, broken bottles and burnt tyres before the arrival of the enforcement team of the agency.
He confirmed that investigation revealed that owners/occupiers of the illegal shanties were served necessary notices and given months to evacuate all their belongings from government approved land for a refinery in the area.
He noted that the suspects were arraigned on the directive of Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal.
One of the suspects, Henry Agbor, 45, who hails from Abia State, appealed to the government to temper justice with mercy, saying they were mobilised by owners of the illegal shanties.
Chief Magistrate Osunsanmi, on application, remanded the 50 in prison and referred the case to the Director of Public Prosecu-tions, DPP, for legal advice.