Nigeria: LAGESC begins arrest of street traders

Following the increasing traffic gridlock in Lagos State, some of which are linked to the activities of street traders and consequent fatalities those trading on walkways and setbacks are exposed to as a result of reckless driving by some drivers, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) is clamping down and arresting recalcitrant traders not yielding to the various warnings and advocacy on street trading and hawking.

Corps Marshal of the agency, Akinpelu Gbemisola, stated this at the command headquarters, Bolade-Oshodi yesterday. According to her, the governor has directed that all the roads in the state be rid of any form of impediment for free flow of traffic as well as safety of all and sundry. “Walkways are meant for pedestrians to walk and not for trading activities so as to give room for motorists to enjoy smooth vehicular movement,” she said.

She further noted the rising numbers of hawkers on major highways, which pose a security risk to motorists as criminals disguised as hawkers exploit the opportunity to dispossess motorists of their valuables. She explained that directives have been given to them to arrest hawkers on all the major highways for prosecution.

Also commenting on the ongoing Ikoyi/Victoria Island clean-up, which has recorded success with the joint effort of other agencies such as Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Lagos State Special Offences (Mobile) Courts and the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC), she expressed the readiness of LAGESC in sustaining the cleared areas in Ikoyi and Victoria Island, while also warning that anybody found around these cleared areas will be arrested and their seized goods forfeited. Theguardianng

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