Street trading and hawking across Lagos metropolis were banned by the Lagos State government on Tuesday. This was described as one of the measures taken to curb crime.
Mr Bayo Sulaimon, the chairman, State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Unit, a Superintendent of Police, said this at a news conference in his office in Alausa, Ikeja.
“The government is now out to enforce all environmental laws to the letter. Lagos is not a jungle where anybody does what he likes. As a result of this, we are banning street trading and hawking in the metropolis,” he said.
The Task Force boss, specifically mentioned areas such as Bank Anthony, Third Mainland Bridge and Oshodi as den of notorious criminals who disguise as traders and hawkers, warning that henceforth, nobody should be seen parading as a trader in these areas.
He disclosed that 25 traders had been arrested at the third mainland bridge for violating the state environmental law and that they would be prosecuted by the law.