By Ogbolu George
Lagos state government has commenced demolition of illegal structures and shanties at Obalende, Lagos Island.
Officials of the state stormed the area around 7:30am on Satruday morning.
Armed security agents are on ground to maintain law and order.
The state government last Sunday ordered owners of properties erected on drainage channels and impeding the free-flow of water to immediately vacate or risk being removed.
A statement signed by Dr Babatunde Adejare, the Commissioner for the Environment, expressed dismay that the lawless activities of some people was constantly putting the lives and property of residents at risk.
Adejare listed some of the areas where properties were erected on drainage channels to include Illubirin, Dolphin Estate, Osborne Foreshore Estate, Ikoyi, Osapa London, Ikota, Ogombo, Lekki, among others,
The commissioner noted that the massive investment of public fund into drainage clearing and de-silting had been compromised by structures hindering the free-flow of water.