The spokesperson of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kareem Olanrewaju, has confirmed to Premium Times that demolition of houses and shops erected on pipelines in Ogun state has commenced.
He said that the demolition started on Friday.
“The demolition exercise covers gas pipelines located around Oju-Ore in Ota, Adodo-Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State where some people in defiance to several warning by the Corps had erected different types of illegal structures on Shell gas pipeline that supplies industries in Sango and Agbara,” he said.
Mr. Olanrewaju said the corps sent several warning letters to owners of the affected buildings before the demolition began. He said members of the communities were also warned of the dangers of such buildings.
The spokesperson said subsequent demolitions will cover Ota, Oju-Ore, Obasanjo road, Petedo and OPIC areas of Agbara.
“The Corps hereby appeals to communities around the location of gas pipelines not to or allow any person to erect structure on gas pipelines as the consequence of such action will have direct impact on their lives and environment,” he said.