Lagos seals 10 buildings over illegal bunkering

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Ten buildings have been sealed by the Lagos State Government on Friday, after the discovery of illegal diesel wells in the area.

The sealed houses are located on two streets at Ilasamaja area of the state.

According to reports, the syndicate which had operated in the area for two years was dislodged when the Nigeria Police team, led by the state

Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni unraveled the activities of certain individuals who built houses on pipelines to siphon diesels into their concrete wells  used as bunkers.

It was gathered that the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency

(LASEMA) had received a distress call via its toll free line about diesel theft around Ibadan and Abeokuta Street Ilasamaja Oshodi Isolo Local Government, Area of the state.

Commenting on the development, the General Manager LASEMA Mr Michael Akindele said the call prompted the immediate activation of the Agency Emergency Response Team (ERT).

Mr Akindele added that though the source of the diesel was still unknown, the area had been assessed to be a site of potential disaster.

“Investigation by the ERT at the scene of the incident revealed that over 10 houses were said to have diesel in their wells, further probe into the incident revealed that it’s a case of bunkering as eyewitness gave reports of trucks coming in at midnight to load diesel, the affected area has been cordoned off, while occupants of the affected houses were asked to vacate immediately to avoid any disaster” he stressed.

He noted that the Lagos State Government would soon come up with further actions on the matter.

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He however commended ‘Lagosians’ for giving out the information on time.

Government had earlier, threatened to confiscate any building used as hideouts by kidnappers, vandals and other criminal elements in any part of the state.

After the monthly State Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the government said it had resolved to henceforth, embark on massive and aggressive confiscation of properties used as hideouts by criminal elements in the State.

The State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting, said the decision of government followed recent security reports in the state, and the need to take strong and decisive action to address the situation.

“The take away for today after the Security Council Meeting is for us to look at all the strategies that we have been employing in tackling the security challenges that we had in the state and to further strategise with the view to sustaining those measures that would put all the criminal elements in check and the Security Council of the State has come out to let our people know emphatically that the state is more poised on tackling all the security challenges and making sure that all the criminal elements that are going about in the state will not be allowed any free reign; they will not be given freedom of space to practice any of their criminal acts.”

“In addition to that, the Council resolved that any structure or any hideout that criminal elements are using in the state, will be seized in the interest of the public,” Owoseni reiterated.