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Lagos to demolish Agege buildings in Viral flood video

The Lagos State government on Wednesday, said it has flagged off moves to demolish all buildings in a viral flood video in Oko Oba, Agege, saying all the affected structures are on a drainage channel alignment.

The Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, however, disclaimed the narrative on the content of the viral flood video.

Reacting to the misleading video, Bello maintained that contrary to impressions being created, the area, which is behind Abimbola Awoniyi Estate by Agric Road, Oko Oba, Agege has always experienced a flash floods.

He added that pictures were taken two hours after the rain showed the culpability of the property owners, who have limited the capacity of the Oko Oba channel by infringing on its setback.

Bello added that pictures also showed the extent to which the setback has been turned into a refuse dump by the residents as well as new constructions.

He said: “The infringed Oko Oba channel will be expanded by eight metres with observance of five metres right of way on both sides.

“All the owners of the structures to be affected will be served with appropriate contravention notices after which the structures will be removed.”

The commisioner warned those fond of circulating misleading videos, especially during rainfalls to desist “as such will continue to be repudiated with hard facts.”