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Lagos Orders Demolition of 80 Houses on Lagos Island

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has directed the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) to demolish not less than 80 houses located on Lagos Island.

This followed the havoc caused by a 3-storey building that collapsed on Wednesday in the area, which led to the death of many school children and some adults.

Acting General Manager of LASBCA, Mr Omotayo Fakoloju, said on Friday that Mr Ambode has given the agency the permission to bring down 80 houses on Lagos Island so as to prevent another tragedy in the state.

The 80 properties to be brought down, according to him, have already been marked for demolition and court order obtained.

“We would have demolished the houses before now, but some of the property owners took us to court. This week, we received a court order to demolish some of the houses already marked and the Governor has approved the process.

“We are bringing down three houses today (Friday) and will continue till we demolish the 80 affected buildings by the end of this month (March 2019),” Mr Fakoloju said.

He hinted that the houses to be demolished are located on Freeman Street, Smith Street and Adeniji Adele area of Lagos Island.

The LASBCA chief said government was taking this giant step to avert the killing of innocent Lagosians as a result of collapsed buildings.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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