Lagos State Government has vowed to prosecute three people arrested for parading themselves as officials of the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA).
They were arrested for illegally embarking on development control activities as well as defrauding the unsuspecting public.
Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Idris Salako, who confirmed this development, said the impostors were arrested when they posed as a government demolition gang and illegally pulled down a disputed property in Ogombo, Eti-Osa Local Council of the state.
Salako said the suspects have since been handed over to the police for prosecution, while one Adeyemi Ajose, believed to be their mastermind, is still at large.
The commissioner assured that the full weight of the law would be made to bear on those caught.
He urged residents not to hesitate in performing their civic responsibilities of reporting suspicious activities, particularly in the built environment of Lagos State.
Salako explained that their arrest would send a strong signal to others about the government’s determination to rid all forms of illegality in the sector.
He urged members of the public to be wary of fraudsters and to always ascertain the identity of anyone parading as public officials.
The commissioner reiterated that enforcement activities of the Ministry usually follow a standard procedure, involving the service of statutory notices, bearing the insignia of Government.
He further urged Lagosians to report any observed infraction in the built environment directly to the Ministry or through the online avenues including the Lagos State MPP&UD App, which can be downloaded on Google Play Store or Apple store.