Hoodlums attack Lagos officials, pressmen during two-storey building demolition

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One injured, 6 vehicles vandalised

By Monsuru Olowoopejo

LAGOS—Officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency, LASBCA, and pressmen were, yesterday, attacked during demolition of a two-storey building under construction in Mushin axis.

Vanguard gathered that the officials had served the owner of the building stop work notices, asking him to adhere to extant building laws in the state.

In order to prevent loss of life and property, the officials stormed the community and pulled down the structure sited at 77, Ogunmokun Street, Mushin Local Government.

Irked by the demolition, thugs allegedly attacked government officials, who were escorted to the community by police officers, and vandalised no fewer than six vehicles.

Aside their vandalism, they also barricaded the road with a Toyota Camry, threatening to inflict injury on the officials should they leave the community.

During the attack, a cameraman with the state-owned broadcast station received a deep cut in his hand.

The police were able to salvage the situation without shooting or using teargas.

LASBCA seals 11 buildings

Also, 11 other buildings were sealed by LASBCA in Mushin because they had no building permit and other documents.

General Manager, LASBCA, Olalekan Shodeinde, threatened that it would no longer be business as usual, saying with this, the government was determined to get rid of illegal structures across the state to stem tide of collapsed buildings.

“Before now, we have been civil in our enforcement, but the developers have remained recalcitrant by continuing in their illegal development. Most of these developers don’t have submission talk less of having permits,” he added.





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