It was gathered that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode ordered the immediate demolition of the building which housed the Federal Emergency Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) in the state.
The Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit was directed to demolish the structure last Monday but could not carry it out before Saturday, due to some exigencies.
Confirming the demolition, the Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, Hakeem Adedeji, a Superintendent of Police, said it was ordered by the state governor.
He said: “The reason for the demolition of this place is to the best knowledge of the governor because he was the one who directed that the buildings be pulled down for the interest of the public.”
“In fact when we arrived, we couldn’t find any federal government officials inside the building but street urchins“All these are geared towards ensuring that the rights of the citizens are not infringed upon,” Adedeji, a Superintendent of Police, said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier this year, former Governor Babatunde Fashola wrote to former President Goodluck Jonathan over the presence of the officials, who claimed to have been set up by the Presidency, to publicly state their functions.
Adedeji also said that he believed that the governor must have issued the directive based on the abandonment and conversion of the facilities into a hideout by miscreants.