Special Committee on the Clean-Up of Ikoyi and Victoria Island, under the directive of Ayo Williams, Director of Operations of the committee, noted that some persons were arrested, while they also have confiscated some vehicles and items during an environmental exercise carried out last Friday in the part of Lagos State.
9jatoday learned that people involved in the breach of the rules for the clean-up exercise has been charged before the Lagos State Special Offences Mobile Court, Sura, and prosecuted accordingly.
According to Mr Williams who gave more light on the arrest as the director of the exercise in Lagos State, a number of 38 vehicles were seized, while 42 persons were arrested for various traffic and environmental offences during an enforcement exercise.
9jatoday understands that the Ikoyi and Victoria Island clean-up committee made the arrest on Friday, reporting that the Obalende Bridge was converted into a garage, while some illegal structures were also put up by some persons at the area which led to their arrest.
Reporting the incident, Mr Williams in a statement through the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Kunle Adeshina, the clean-up exercise was imperative to restore sanity to the area, adding that the team would secure all the cleared open spaces to prevent the return of miscreants to them.“Some commercial vehicles were impounded at a beautification space that was converted to a motor park and many street traders were dislodged and their wares confiscated by the KAI operatives, who were part of the team.
“A car that drove against the traffic at the frontage of the Ikoyi Cemetery along the Obalende Road was towed and the driver was arrested by the officers of the task force, while at the Obalende roundabout, near the Police Force Headquarters annex, an illegal market near the canal was sealed off with all the items on display seized,” He said.
He added that “A total of 42 persons were arrested for various environmental offences and 38 vehicles of different types were impounded, while the enforcement team destroyed all the illegal structures and shanties that harboured miscreants and the team ensured that the wreckage was evacuated by LAWMA trucks.”