Monday, 4 December 2017

Lagos State Police pursue Down Road Side Traders,Got 11 Arrested

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Smarting from the perennial gridlocks around market places in Lagos State, the police authorities have begun a clampdown on traders as a panacea to easing out the canker worm.
The onslaught, which commenced at Igando, an outskirt of Lagos, saw eleven traders entering into the dragnet of law enforcement agencies, including a market leader (Baba Oja), Chief Amosun Shakiru, who allegedly allocated spaces to traders on walkways.

According to a press statement made available to Crimepuzzle by the Lagos State Task Force spokesman, Adebayo Taofiq, "the State Commissioner of Police, Acting CP Edgal Imohimi, directed the Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, to dislodge all illegal traders who sell goods on roads and walkways to reduce traffic gridlocks around market places across the state".

Adebayo hinted that Imohimi frowned at the activities of traders, who, he said, indiscriminately displayed their wares on roads and walkways thereby causing serious traffic gridlocks to motorists and commuters.

Imohimi was quoted as saying, "the activities of these traders not only hinder free-flow of traffic but also give room for miscreants and hoodlums to attack motorists while in heavy traffic around major markets across the state".

In line with the order of the police boss, operatives of the Lagos State Task Force, during a joint enforcement operations carried out yesterday, with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) arrested 11 erring traders, as well as the market leader.

The Task Force image maker revealed that the 11 arrested traders, during interrogation, indicted chief Amodu Shakiru, saying, he allocated spaces to them for a fee of N500 every evening

One of the suspects, Mrs Caroline Endurance, added that whoever defaulted would not be allocated a space to sell.

Speaking on the onslaught, the Task Force Chairman, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, advised traders to conform with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws and Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 in order to have an orderly, hygienic and traffic-free society.

He stated that both the Lagos State Task Force and Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) would continue to enforce the law and arrest anybody aiding and abetting these illegal traders across the state.

The Chairman vowed that no amount of abuse or propaganda would deter him from carrying out his legitimate duties in accordance with the law saying nobody is above the law

He however confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police had directed that all the 12 suspects be immediately charged to court.

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