Operatives of Lagos State Taskforce have rescued officials of the state building monitoring and compliance agencies who were assaulted by thugs while performing their duties.
The officials from Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) and Lagos State Physical Planning Permits Authority were on joint routine monitoring and compliance activities on structural stability of buildings.
Spokesperson for Lagos State Taskforce, Abdulraheem Gbadeyan, in a statement on Wednesday, said that the incident occurred along Robinson Gbadu Street, Ajao Estate, Lagos state.
He said that Maroof Owonla, popularly known as ‘Kaka,’ the owner of an illegal filling station under construction, mobilized thugs and miscreants to prevent the agencies from carrying out their official assignment.
“The filling station was constructed without permit or approval by the State Government.
“The officials of the state government made frantic efforts to halt the ongoing illegal construction but were attacked by thugs and street urchins stationed around the location.
“The assault, which led to the damage of four official vehicles belonging to the two agencies, also inflicted serious bodily injuries on six officials including the security details attached to the team to carry out the assignment.
“Mobile phones, cameras and personal belongings of the state officials were seized by the miscreants and the site workers during the attack,” he said.
Gbadeyan said that after the taskforce received distress calls from members of the public and other officials of the two agencies, operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce swung into action.
“The taskforce operatives moved to the location to rescue and prevent any further breakdown of law and order.
“The suspects have been remanded in Badagry Correctional Facility,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile the agency’s Chairman, Shola Jejeloye, says that all injured officials of the two agencies have been taken to the clinic for first aid treatment while those with severe injuries have been taken to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) for adequate medical attention.