Lagos arrests 86 illegal squatters and food vendors


86 persons have been arrested by the Lagos State Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, for not having definite residential address and means of livelihood.

The arrest, which was carried out in the Ikoyi area of Lagos between 11pm and 1am on Wednesday, was a response to complaints by residents of the area about the presence of illegal squatters in uncompleted buildings and food vendors in make-do shops.

Task Force Chairman, Bayo Sulaiman who led the arrest, said those arrested were suspected to be part of criminal gangs terrorising Ikoyi residents.

“They were arrested at Lugard Street, Bedwell Street, Glover Street and three different spots in Parkview Estate…those arrested were those selling and living in shanties and those living in uncompleted buildings.” he said.

Mr. Sulaiman said the raid would continue till criminals are wiped out of the state, adding that the government would no longer tolerate people living in uncompleted buildings as a large number of them usually turn out as criminals.

The chairman futher said “Those arrested will be further investigated and charged to court.”