Landlords, Residents and Traders at Igbogene, Okaka and Opolo markets as well as Opolo roundabout in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state capital are advised to remove all their illegal structures to avoid any disturbance.
This is according to the state taskforce that will soon embark on demolition exercise of such structures as part of the urban renewal plans by the government.
Mr Freston Akpor,Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Orientation and member Bayelsa State Task Force On Covid-19, In a state statements landlords and shop owners operating in illegal structures or who have illegal structures and extentions on buildings particularly on major roads in the state capital Yenagoa, to remove such structures to avoid forceful demolition.
”Landlords and traders in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital have been cautioned to be mindful of fraudsters promising to protect their illegal structures from removal by the security sub-committee, of the task force on covid-19. ”
”The warning is coming against the backdrop of reports of persons claiming they could influence members of the taskforce against the removal of their illegal structures marked for demolition.”
”Some unsuspecting members of the public who have already fallen prey to the fraudsters, were allegedly told to pay some amount of money to protect their structures that were eventually removed, ”he said.
He however, said the taskforce has not and does not have any reason to engage the services of person(s) to collect money from anyone on its behalf and thus wants concerned members of the public to report suspected fraudsters to the Police foŕ arrest and subsequent prosecution.