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Lagos govt to prosecute occupants of under-bridge apartments

The Lagos State Government has announced plans to prosecute the occupants of the 86-roomed under-bridge apartments located at Dolphin Estate Bridge, Ikoyi, Lagos. The occupants were allegedly paying approximately N250,000 in annual rent, while self-acclaimed landlords collected rent from them.

According to Kunle Adeshina, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, there is a decision to prosecute the occupants.

The shocking reports of occupants paying exorbitant annual rent of N250,000 to live under the bridge have left many Nigerians in disbelief, with some faulting the desperation of the occupants.

Lagos State Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, confirmed the arrest of eighteen individuals squatting illegally under the Dolphin Estate Bridge. He stated that a total of 86 rooms, partitioned into 10×10 and 12×10, along with a container used for various illegal activities, were discovered.

Kunle Rotimi-Akodu, a Special Adviser on Environment to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, revealed that about 23 persons were arrested in connection with the illegal settlement. He emphasized the exposure of critical infrastructure to impending destruction due to the illegal settlement.

However, when reporters visited the area, some individuals were observed taking away valuables suspected to belong to the occupants in sacks and bags.

The Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, alongside the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps, has continued to monitor the area, with plans to ensure that the law takes its course.

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