The Lagos State government has compiled a list of more than 115 abandoned properties in Ikoyi and Victoria Island and directed owners of the buildings/structures to take physical possession of such properties to ensure they are completed, restored and fit for habitation within 90 days or face prosecution.
The directive is contained in a document, sighted by Vanguard, signed by Mr. Tunji Bello, Secretary to the State Government (SSG). He noted that squatters, miscreants and criminal elements have taken over the abandoned properties where they perpetrate criminal activities thus depriving resident of these areas of security, peace and serenity hitherto identified with the areas.
In the accompanying statement, the SSG stated: “The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the growing number of abandoned buildings/structures in Ikoyi and Victoria Island which has constituted environmental hazard and posed serious security threat to lives and property, in contravention of Lagos State Laws. Read more