Thousands of residents of Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront community who had built shanties close to a powerline situated on the lagoon, lost their homes on Monday after a joint taskforce comprising policemen, soldiers and officials of Kick Against Indiscipline, demolished their structures.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the Lagos State Government had given the residents three-day notice, which lapsed on Sunday to quit the area. In the notice dated July 12 and signed by Mr. Akin Tijani, Head of Operations, KAI on behalf of the Commissioner of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, the government said the shanties was not in tandem with its megacity project.
He said, “You have continued to occupy and develop shanties and unwholesome structures on the waterfront without authority thereby constituting environmental nuisance, security risks, impediments to economic and gainful utilisation of the waterfront such as navigation, entertainment, recreation etc.
“Therefore, notice is hereby given to you to vacate and remove all illegal developments along the Makoko/Iwaya Waterfront within 72 hours of receipt of this notice.” But the residents said the notice was too short and did not go round.
One of the victims of Monday’s exercise, Mrs. Janet Alamon, told our correspondent that she and her children would be sleeping in a boat until they found a home.