Following the expiration of the 48-hour ‘Abatement Notice’ to all owners of illegal structures and shanties including containerised shops around Obalende to remove them, the Lagos State government on Sunday began the demolition of these structures.

During the demolition of the over 120 illegal structures, it was gathered that over 74 miscreants, alleged to be involved in illicit smoking and selling of hard drugs in the area were arrested.

Chairman of Lagos State Task Force, Superintendent of Police, Olayinka Egbeyemi, said the exercise became necessary to rid the area of undesirable elements, who have been terrorising innocent citizens and blocking water channels.

Egbeyemi said: “48 hours ‘Abatement Notice’ was served on traders/occupiers of illegal structures, shanties and containerised shops by the agency around Obalende Fly-over, which expired last Thursday, Jul 27.

“But the government gave another 48 hours grace for them to remove their wares/belongings before the commencement of the demolition exercise yesterday.”

Egbeyemi added that activities of the illegal traders, mechanics and people living around/under the fly-over were an eyesore.