Lagos Arraigns 50 for Arson, Demolishes Illegal Structures

Governor Ambode

LAGOS – Lagos State Government on Wednesday arraigned 50 suspects before Chief Magistrate Bola Osunsanmi of Court 4, Ikeja Magisterial District over an attack on officials of the State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and the vandalism of their equipment (caterpillar) at Idansan Village in Ibeju, Lekki.

The 50 accused persons, including four girls, who were arraigned on the orders of the State Commissioner of Police (CP), Mr. Edgal Imohimi, the Chairman of the State Task Force, Mr. Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), said, were apprehended for allegedly attacking the LASBCA officials violently and vandalizing and setting on fire their working equipment, including caterpillar while carrying out the demolition of structures illegally erected on an acquired land in the area.

The LASBCA officials, according to the task force Chairman, were allegedly attacked with stones, Iron-rods, broken bottles and burnt tyres before a distressed call got to his men, who promptly moved in to rescue the embattled building control agency officials from their assailants.

Investigations, Egbeyemi said, have shown that the owners/occupiers of the shanties before the demolition exercise were served necessary notices and given several months to evacuate all their belongings from the government approved land for the ongoing ‘Dangote Refinery’ project around the area but they chose to attack not only the government officials, who were there to demolish the structures and evict them, but to destroy the caterpillar and other equipment worth millions of Naira deployed for the purpose by dousing them with petrol and setting them on fire.

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