The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force ) is set to charge 38 arrested street traders and 33 miscreants to the Lagos State Environmental courts for immediate prosecution.
The operatives of the Agency had recently carried out an enforcement exercise along Ketu axis to Ikorodu roundabout to dislodge traders from hawking, selling and displaying of wares on road setbacks as well as walkways in order to protect their lives and to also pave way for free flow of traffic.
According to the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi who disclosed the development via a press statement, while on the exercise, 38 Street traders majorly women were arrested.
Other 33 arrested miscreants were said to be those who specialise in terrorising people living around Ketu, Owode-Elede, Ajelogo, Alapere and Mile 12 including those collecting illegal fees from motorists.
He said, ” the exercise was another way of expressing the commitment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in providing a more safer and conducive environment for the people of the state.
” We therefore enjoin members of the public particularly traders to desists from either hawking goods or displaying them on road setbacks/walkways.”
He added that the Agency would not relent in enforcing every dictates of both the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 and Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws.
He speaks further, “The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr Fatai Owoseni after well briefed about those arrested directed that they all be charge to court immediately.”
One of the arrested traders at Mile 12 Mrs Awawu Adeyemi alleged she has a shop inside the main market but claimed customers no longer patronise them because of those outside hawking and selling on the road.
She said that she joined others in selling and hawking on the road in order to make sales.
Mrs Adeyemi however pleaded with the government to temper justice with mercy.