The Lagos State Government on Thursday, denied the claims being circulated in the media of its involvement in the fire incident that took place in Otodo Gbame Community in Lekki area of the State on November 9.
The State Government specifically refuted media reports suggesting that it authorised the burning down of the community, saying that the allegation was far from the truth.
Mr Steve Ayorinde, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, in a statement, said the State Government shared in the painful loss of the residents.
The statement explained that from Police reports and evaluation by the government, the waterfront community was razed by the fire incident that happened as a result of the ethic clash between the Egun and Yoruba residents within the community.
It said that a large part of the shanties had already been razed down before the combined team of fire brigade and emergency rescue officers got to the scene.
“It is therefore unfortunate that a few aggrieved persons will choose to blame the government and law enforcement officers that rose to the occasion in ensuring that the clashes did not degenerate further.