Lagos issues ultimatum to owners of illegal structures, in Ikoyi, V/I, Lekki


The Lagos State Government on Sunday issued a 14-day ultimatum to owners of illegal structures, shanties and street hawkers in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki areas.

The Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, who gave the ultimatum in a statement ordered that they should remove them or face the law.

It also ordered those who had converted walkways into commercial use in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and the Lagoon Front of Lekki area of the state to remove such them.

Mr. Bello warned that after the expiration of the ultimatum, the state Special Task Force on the cleanup of the areas would move in to enforce the laws.

He said that owners of all abandoned buildings in the areas harbouring prostitutes, miscreants and “unwanted elements” must clear such structures immediately.

He urged “the owners of all illegal structures, shanties, abandoned buildings and all those who have converted road median to commercial uses to comply.

“This is, especially, meant for those in Ikoyi, Victoria Island and Lekki, and they have between today and two weeks’ time to comply or have the Special Task Force to contend with,” Bello said.

He specifically warned owners of property on the Lagoon fronts of Lekki Phase 1 who had littered the areas with compactors and dead weight equipment to remove them immediately.

According to him, the state government is concerned about the conversion of the frontages of property and abandoned houses to kiosks and trading points by maids and guards.

He said the state government was also concerned about unregulated activities of horticulturists who had turned setbacks to hide outs and selling points.

Mr. Bello said the government was determined to restore the original master plan of the areas by checking the activities of roadside automobile repairers who had converted the dual carriage to single lanes through indiscriminate parking.

He said the state government would no longer tolerate unauthorised parking of vehicles, trucks, among others on drainage infrastructure.

He said owners of such vehicles and property with unkempt drainages would be prosecuted.

Mr. Bello said it was totally unacceptable for people to stockpile and display wares such as bags of charcoal on major roads like the Ahmadu Bello Way and the Federal Secretariat Road in Ikoyi.

He said that henceforth such goods would be confiscated and the owners prosecuted.

“We are using this medium to sensitise members of the public and residents of the affected areas who are involved in these illegalities to immediately take the right action and do the needful.

“The state government will take the necessary steps to enforce its environmental and sanitation laws forthwith,” he said.


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  • Curseless

    The next thing you will hear is, ” the government just came suddenly and destroyed our livelihood ” without notice. Every body want to sell on the street and on any given day Nigerians will abandon designated areas and head for the road side regardless of what kind of eye sore they are creating. I salute the Lagos state government for their relentless zeal to cleanse the pollution. Ibadan, is a different kettle of fish. Most of the roads have been taken over by atarodo, yam and vegetable sellers. On top of this the mechanics and “vogar” are doing their thing and no roundabout is immune from this onslaught. They have been pushed back before but re gathered in due course and no one can convince them they are polluting. An average Nigerian does not understand the language of persuation but brutal enforcement when push come to shove. I salute Lagos state again because on my recent visit to Nigeria I saw the almighty Oshodi and I couldn’t believe it. Governor Ajimobi had a good plan for Ibadan, but he was under estimating the entrenched ignorance of the indigenes who are satisfied with the status quo.

    • PolyGon2013

      Don’t mind them. The government has warned them. Those who have ears, have better listen. Eko o ni ba je o.


    Too much lawlessness and noisy. It makes no different for some people to separate place of business from residential area. I wonder what will be noise decibel of these areas and how it affects people.

    • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

      Talking about noise decibel when people are hustling for daily bread.

      • Charles

        Mr Ojerinde, hustle for your daily bread in lawful and orderly fashion. Ok?

        • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

          Charles: In how many sane clime is the gap between the rich and the poor this much? So, the survival of the poor should be treated as itis obtainable is sane clime, but their ‘unlawful’ struggle for daily survival must be met with sanctions and demolitions…. Well, my hustle bustles from the four corners of my office; but i feel for those that will be victims of this elitist craze…… hawking, no road sale, and no improvised kiosk…..

  • OJERINDE, Olatunde A.

    When it is time to deal with the common man, to enforce the whims of the elite, the govt knows quite well how things should be done; and so it must be done. But when it comes to providing basic amenities for the masses, the govt quickly forget how things should be done.

    • kuli

      I guess you don’t like progress.

      • lanre

        Relative progress. The rich can have their high rise buildings which were not part of the original ikoyi masterplan

  • lanre

    Did the original ikoyi masterplan have skyscrapers along bourdillon and gerrard roads, and the inner roads in ikoyi?

    I don’t think so.