LAGOS State government
has demolished over 120
illegal structures and
shops built under high
tension cables at Itedo area
of Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Olayinka Egbeyemi,
Chairman of the Lagos
State Task Force who led
the operatives of the agency
to carry out the demolition
exercise disclosed that the
over 120 illegal shops and
structures constructed
under high tension cables
were demolished after the
government had served a
6-month demolition notice to
both owners and occupiers.
He said that radiation
from high tension cables
posed serious danger to
human health and that no
responsible and responsive
government would put any
of her citizens’ lives at risks.
Egbeyemi stated that the
demolished illegal shops
and structures constructed
under high tension cables
were eyesore as miscreants
and hoodlums were freely
smoking Indian hemp,
including prostitution
by under aged at Itedo.
He hinted that the newly
introduced ‘Rent-to-Own’
housing policy scheme
of Governor Akinwunmi
Ambode which had more
than 4,355 fully equipped
housing unit spread across the
State was meant to alleviate
housing problem of both
low/middle income earners
and to equally discourage
people living at any restricted
areas which included
under high tension cables He urged both owners
and occupiers of shops and
structures constructed under
high tension cables across
the state to immediately
remove them as the
demolition exercise would
be extended to other areas.
One of the residents of the
area who simply identified
himself as Dr. Femi Ololade
commended the government
for saving the lives of both
traders and residents living
under high tension cables.
Ololade, who made reference
to an incident where several
people died/injured when
a high tension cable fell on
a viewing centre in South-
South zone during a football
match, however, urged
citizens to co-operate with
the government and stop
endangering their lives.
A trader, whose illegal
shanties were affected, Mrs.
Efe Ada from Benue State said
that since the government had
served them both ‘removal
order’ and ‘demolition
notice’ over three weeks ago,
saying that she had removed
her wares and relocated.
Mr. Henry Adams, a resident
of one of the estate around
Itedo who said apart from
these people risking their lives
by living/operating business
activities under high tension
cables, some criminal ones
among them always attacked
innocent citizens at night
with dangerous weapons