Street Trading: Lagos Fumes Over Attack on Sanitation Officials
By Adedapo Adesanya
The management of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) has condemned the attack on operatives of the agency by some persons on Friday while carrying out enforcement on street traders.
The attack occurred along Queens Drive in Ikoyi and this left three operational trucks damaged and some officials of the corps injured, with one presently in critical condition at the hospital.
According to LAGESC, the exercise, which was part of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s mandate to clear the state of all environmental nuisance and infractions, was led by Deputy Corps Marshals, Mr Ganiu Kazeem and Mr Adeleke Adeeso.
Mr Kazeem explained that the team arrived at the scene of the incident at about 1:45pm, but were allegedly attacked by staff of the Federal High Court with the support of private security personnel.
The Deputy Corp Marshal confirmed that some of suspects were arrested during the fracas, adding that the case was also immediately reported at the Ikoyi Police Station for further investigation.
He advised Lagosians to comply with the laws on street trading as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel.
This ugly incident came a week after an officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Ola Oyeshina died after he was attacked by a mob in the course of discharging his duties at Apapa, Iganmu-Sifax area of the state.
Mr Oyeshina was attacked by angry hoodlums believed to be truck drivers with stones of different sizes while trying to control traffic in the area.