8th August, 2011
The men of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), the law enforcement arm of the Ministry Of the Environment, Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, yesterday arrested about 25 hoodlums, 30 stray cows and five pigs at sand filled in Ilubirin area of Lagos Island.
Lagos Bulletin learnt that the clearing of the area of area boys and the animals was informed following series of petitions written to the state governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, by some Lagos residents on the development, saying the stray animals that cross the highway and cause accidents.
According to Captain Danjuma Maigeri (retd), the KAI boss, who spoke with Lagos Bulletin, â€œthis is a new site that the state government is trying to build. It is the duty of KAI to clear the state of all shanties and illegal structures in any area that the state government is planting new projects as it is going to be a modern city in a short time.
â€œOur governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, is tired of several petitions concerning the activities of hoodlums who have turned this place to their hideout. We are surprised that there is no agricultural settlement here but we â€˜arrestedâ€™ some stayed cows, goats,rams and pigs that have been crossing the highway, causing accidents and whose owners could not be identified.â€
The KAI boss warned owners of animals to find a place to rear them as the state is not a village or farm, adding that the state government would not stop the arrest of such animals.
â€œI will not rest on my oars until I see that all the illegal structures, shanties and stray animals are cleared off of this place proposed by the state government for good things that would be of immense benefit to all Lagosians. Also, we are going to clear the under bridge and some other places in this area just as we successfully did in Oshodi,â€ he stated further.
During the clearing of Ilubirin, it was gathered that weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, cutlasses and dagger knives were recovered from the hoodlumsâ€™ hideout.
On the arrested hoodlums and animals, the KAI boss said they will be screened with the assistance of the police and the necessary measure taken, while the arrested animals will be handed over to the state government.
He commended the police from Area â€˜Aâ€™ Command at Lion Building and Adeniji-Adele Division for their support during the exercise.