Lagos Cracks Down on Illegal Shanties Under Dolphin Estate Bridge

In a significant operation led by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, 18 individuals were arrested on the 30th of April, 2024, for illegally squatting under the bridge leading from Dolphin Estate. The operation was part of a broader crackdown on unauthorized and unsafe living conditions in key areas of the city.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, confirmed in a post on X that during the raid, authorities discovered 86 makeshift rooms partitioned into spaces measuring 10×10 and 12×10, as well as a container being used for various illegal activities. These makeshift structures, often referred to as shanties, had been constructed without any legal permissions and were posing significant environmental and security risks.

Following the arrests, the enforcement team from the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources dismantled the illegal structures. Commissioner Wahab emphasized the government’s determination to enforce environmental laws and regulations strictly, stating, “The illegal shanties have been dismantled this morning. Our actions are necessary to maintain public safety and uphold the sanitation standards of our city.”

The operation highlights Lagos State’s ongoing efforts to address illegal housing and maintain environmental integrity in rapidly urbanizing areas. The dismantling of such settlements underlines the administration’s proactive approach to urban management and its commitment to preventing the proliferation of unsanitary and unsafe living conditions.

This initiative is part of a larger strategy to reclaim public spaces and ensure that all constructions within the city comply with legal and environmental standards. The government’s firm action aims to send a clear message about the importance of lawful and safe urban development as Lagos continues to grow and attract new residents.

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