In Banana Island, an incident occurred that raised concerns regarding the safety of Government officers carrying out their duties when a guard at a property released dogs on the officers, causing chaos and potentially dangerous consequences.
The event took place Friday May 5th, 2023, during a joint operation conducted by the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA), Lagos State Physical Planning Permit Authority (LASPPPA), and Lagos Task Force. The operation aimed to enforce building regulations in Banana Island, Lagos.
However, matters took a turn for the worse when the security guard at a property decided to release dogs on the officers and attempted to excuse himself from the scene. This action not only created a dangerous environment but almost hindered the officers’ ability to carry out their enforcement duties effectively.
The enforcement activities were a continuation of the joint operation aimed at curbing illegal construction and ensuring that all buildings in the area comply with regulations.
Recall that Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had earlier issued an order to demolish illegal buildings in Banana Island. The decision was announced during a site inspection tour conducted by the Governor, who stated that the buildings to be demolished are illegal structure without approval.
During the inspection, Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his concern about the unapproved extensions into the water, behind the lands that border the waterways.
Meanwhile, the incident with the dogs highlights the risks that government officers face when carrying out enforcement activities. While the officers were able to continue with their duties, the incident raises questions about the safety protocols in place to protect officers.
It is crucial that the government takes steps to ensure that officers can carry out their duties without fear of harm.
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