Over 150 illegal shanties, kiosks and shop extensions were destroyed on Wednesday in Lagos.

The demolition exercise was carried out in the Arewa Community Central Mosque area of Agege by the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit.

The Punch reports that the area had been turned to an illegal market since the closure of the mosque by the state government over an attack on some COVID-19 task force personnel by some worshippers.

According to the Chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, the reason for the demolition was because miscreants and illegal traders had degraded the area.

He said, “The mosque was sealed off over four months ago due to an attack on officials of the Lagos State COVID-19 Task Force by some worshippers while enforcing the lockdown directives by the Federal Government.

“The area has since become an eyesore and security threat to residents, including members of the public, as the entire area, including the surroundings of the mosque, has been occupied by miscreants and illegal traders.”