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Agency arrests 25 highway hawkers in Lagos

By Eniola Daniel
27 July 2023   |   3:23 am
Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) officials, yesterday, arrested 25 highway hawkers in syndicated raids statewide.

Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) officials, yesterday, arrested 25 highway hawkers in syndicated raids statewide.

The raid was in continuation of the state’s efforts to rid Lagos highways of street trading and hawking.

The Corps Marshal of the Agency, Gbemisola Akinpelu, said the continuous enforcement against street traders and highway hawkers has yielded impressive outcomes as arrests and arraignments are made on a daily basis.

According to Akinpelu, the arrests were carried out at Cele, Igando, Iyana-Ejigbo, Ikotun, Iyana-Ipaja, Egbeda, and Agege areas of the state by the Agency’s special squad, adding that the exercise would be continuous.

Admonishing environmental defaulters to desist from trading in traffic, on highways, roads, streets, setbacks, lay-bys, kerbs, medians, road verges, drainage slabs and pedestrian bridges, the Corps Marshal said there would be no hiding place for defiant traders flouting the state’s environmental laws.

She also called for appropriate use of pedestrian bridges strategically erected on major highways to mitigate ‘hit and run’ incidents by motorists.

Akinpelu further underscored the need for residences and buildings in the state to patronise accredited Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA)-Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators, stressing the need for defaulters to retrace their steps.

She said: “The courts empower us to enforce non-payment of waste bills for onward prosecution by means of arrest.

“Residences in the state should desist from channeling their sewage into the drains, which constitute health and environmental hazards. The Agency shall deal decisively with defaulters in accordance with the established laws.”

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