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Lagos Govt. goes after Dolphin underbridge illegal landlord

Following arrest of 36 illegal occupants of Dolphin underbridge bridge, the Lagos State Government has begin a manhunt for the man who allotted the apartments to tenants under the Ikoyi bridge.

It also disclosed that no fewer than 36 tenants were apprehended by the ministry enforcement team, the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), during the clearance operation.

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, disclosed this on Friday while briefing newsmen on activities of the government through the ministry within the last one year.

He said: “Just about 24 hours ago, the operatives carried out an operation that unearthed a major illegal housing settlement constructed under the Dolphin Bridge Ikoyi.

“An unbelievable 80 rooms partitioned 10×10 and 10×12 and a container used for different illegal activities was also discovered.

“All the structures have been dismantled and a total of 36 miscreants who lived under the were arrested while efforts are being intensified to arrest the ring leaders who rented out the underbridge apartments which also add electricity supply,” it added.

The state government had earlier dislodged tenants under Dolphins Estate Bridge, who paid N250, 000 annually to yet to be identified landlords.

The tenants, who were dislodged in the process were discovered during an enforcement exercise by officials of the state government during demolition of illegal structures.

He added that the enforcement team of Lagos State’s Ministry of Environment and Water Resources had successfully removed all structures, including a container utilised for various illegal activities, from beneath the Dolphin Estate Bridge.

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