Operatives of both the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Task force) Unit and the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) at the weekend jointly dislodged all illegal trading activities on road setbacks and walkways around Ikeja.
Chairman of the task force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, in a statement by Adebayo Taofiq, Head of Public Affairs Unit, disclosed that activities of the traders, hawkers and other environmental nuisances were an eyesore, which impeded free flow of traffic around Kodesho Street, Medical Road and Ikeja under bridge towards Railway line.
Egbeyemi said the exercise was in line with Section (1) of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, which prescribes a punishment of N90,000 or a (6) month jail term, for both the buyer and the seller of any goods or services on all roads across the state.
During the exercise, seven traders were arrested while different types of good ranging from fairly used clothes, shoes, fairly used electronics, gas cylinders, mobile phone accessories, among others were confiscated by the enforcement team.
"This is a pointer to other locations such as Oyingbo, Bariga, Mushin, Yaba, Orile-Iganmu, Apapa, Ikorodu, Mile 12, Ojota, Ojora, Obalende and Lagos Island where activities of these illegal traders impede the free flow of traffic, that it would not be business as usual till zero tolerance is maintained."
While warning all market union leaders to desist from collecting illegal fees from the illegal traders and hawkers, the agency urged owners of all illegally built kiosks and containarised shops on road set-backs and walk-ways to remove them immediately or face the wrath of the law.