One Killed, 20 Washed Away As Ocean Surges In Lagos Beach

By Idowu Quadri

Barely 24 hours before the Eid-il-fitr festival, least, person has been killed in Lagos while about 20 others have been washed away with their fate hanging in the balance as the Atlantic Ocean surged today in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria,NAN quoted the Mr. Femi Oke-Osayintolu, General Manager of The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, as confirming the incident, which he said occurred midnight when those affected were sleeping in their make shift houses the water front.
The Lagos State had recently ordered that all shanties the water front be removed as they constitute not only environmental hazard and shame to the tourist of the state but pose dangers to the lives of those living the illegal structures.
Reports say that other rescue have joined in the as but with the fury of the ocean, their have yielded no further fruits in their searches.
A source in the Governor’s Office told the Nigeria Politics this evening governor is poised to issue fresh directives to tough on those defying orders and continue to live illegally at the waterfronts.
The problems of waterfront residents have posed major frictions between governments and human rights campaigners who accuse of insensitivity to the plights of the less privileged who make a living in front of the beaches.
The governments of Lagos and Rivers States have in recent times confronted strong challenges trying to dislodge those illegally occupying such places.

Culled from Nigeria Politics


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