Lagos State Demolishes Buildings in Arowojobe Estate, Maryland

The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, has begun the demolition of structures in Arowojobe (Greenland) Estate, Maryland. The demolition exercise, which commenced on April 17, 2024, targeted buildings allegedly constructed on a canal behind the estate.

According to reports, over a dozen ministry officials arrived at the estate on Wednesday to carry out the demolition. The buildings slated for removal were reportedly marked on March 19th of this year.

Security guards at the estate attempted to prevent the officials from entering, but were unsuccessful as armed policemen were present to ensure the operation proceeded.

The reason for the demolition is the location of the buildings, which the government claims are situated on a waterway crucial for drainage. This raises concerns about potential flooding and other environmental hazards.

The affected residents have not yet been mentioned in news reports, and it is unclear whether they received any compensation or prior warnings before the demolition.

This is not the first instance of the Lagos government demolishing buildings they deem to be violating building codes or posing environmental risks. In recent months, there have been reports of demolitions in Ikorodu, with some property owners claiming they were not adequately compensated.

It is important to note that these are just the initial details of the story. Further developments, including reasons from the affected residents and official statements from the Lagos State Government, are awaited.


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