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Commissioner: The Demolition in Lagos is not targeted at any group

November 29, 2023
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Demolition in Lagos
Commissioner: The Demolition in Lagos is not targeted at any group
The Demolition in Lagos

The Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Oluyinka Olumide, has refuted claims that the ongoing demolition in Lagos by the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration is targeting South-Easterners.

According to Olumide, the demolished buildings in the state were constructed without approval from any of its agencies, and they were hastily erected during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020.

He made this known while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily program on Wednesday.

There have been unverified claims on social media that the demolition targets people from the southeastern part of Nigeria.

When the anchor asked him whether the demolitions were targeted at South Easterners as speculated, he said, “Anybody can own a building in Lagos so long as you go along with the laid-down rules. It’s unfortunate that maybe what we have of recently happens to concern those from certain parts of the country.

“Those buildings causing this uproar are buildings rushed during the COVID period when activities of enforcement officers are at the low ebb because of restriction of movement and you could see that when those buildings were demolished, nobody has come forward to say they were demolished under approval.”

Olumide challenged any of the owners of the demolished structures to come forward with their building approvals.

“We will not demolish any approved building, that’s for sure. So, if there is anybody that has claims that their buildings were approved and demolished, let them come forward,” Olumide said.

He stressed that illegal structures on the drainage system would be pulled down.

“Buildings not done within the confines of the law are subject to demolition,” Olumide noted.

FrontView Africa reported in October that the Lagos State government announced the removal of perimeter fences within two meters of drainage channels on the Norman Williams, Awolowo, and Ribadu roads in the Ikoyi area of the state.

FrontView Africa also reports that the Lagos State government may demolish illegal structures on the drainage system in the Orchid Road, Agungi, Ajiran, Conservation Road, Osapa, and Oral Estate II along the Ikota River of the state on Monday.

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