The Lagos State Government on Tuesday through her commissioner for information and strategy, Steve Ayorinde, explained the reason for the demolition of the small fishing settlement near Lekki, Otodo Gbame community.
In a statement released on Tuesday by Ayorinde, the state government said officials of the state’s ministry of environment demolished the shanty town to prevent “an environmental disaster and another round of deadly skirmishes” that led to the razing to the ground of the community in November last year.
Recall that on November 9, 2016, hoodlums linked to the Elegushi family attacked residents of Otodo-Gbame and set fire on their bamboo homes.
The commissioner said the demolitions were to keep the waterfront “free from environmentally injurious and unsanitary habitation few months after it was consumed by fire and rendered uninhabitable.”
Ayorinde explained that contrary to the claims by the residents of the community that the government flouted a court order, he stated that it’s the duty of the state government to maintain public health and safety of all Lagosians.