The Lagos State Government said on Monday that it had closed down eight illegal dredging sites in Ikorodu axis of the state, Mr Adesegun Oniru, the Commissioner, Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, said in a statement.
The statement said that 16 illegal dredgers met on some of the sites were arrested and taken into custody and were awaiting prosecution.
He said that the exercise was carried out in conjunction with the state Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences at the waterfront of Baiyeku, Ayetoro and Ijede, all within the Ikorodu axis.
“The Ministry has persistently warned against illegal dredging and has promised stiffer penalties against illegal dredging operators in accordance with extant laws.
“And it will not relent in undertaking similar enforcement exercises from time to time, as long as illegal dredging continues in the state,’’ he said.
The commissioner said that the state government recently engaged in an aggressive campaign to sensitise the public on the dangers of dredging on Lagos waters without obtaining proper permit and operating in unauthorised sites and waterways.