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Lagos Set To Jail Street Hawkers and Buyers From July 1

The Lagos State Government on Friday said that from 
July 1, 2016, it would commence a total enforcement 
against street trading and street hawkerbanning their 
activities across the metropolis would take its full course.

Speaking at a live interview session on Television 
Continental, the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi
 Ambode said that the renewed enforcement is in line
 with Section One of the Lagos State Street Trading 
and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003 which restricts 
street trading and hawking in the metropolis.

The Governor, while sympathising with the family of a 
street hawker who was knocked down by an articulated 
truck while trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick 
Against Indiscipline along Maryland Bus stop on 
Wednesday, regretted that the situation led to the destruction of public assets.

“It is not in our DNA to allow someone to just die 
by road accident or the way it happened in respect 
of the incident. But beyond the fact that we lost 
one person while crossing the road as a result 
of evading arrest by KAI officials, I need to tell 
Lagosians that over 49 buses were actually destroyed 
and it is costing us like almost N139m to put those 
buses back on the road,” he said.

Consequently, Governor Ambode said the State 
Executive Council has resolved to enforce the Law, 
which according to him makes both the hawker and 
the buyer liable of the offence.

“The issue is we need to enforce our laws because 
we already have a law in respect of that and then 
there is a clause in it which says the buyer and 
the seller are both liable and that we are going to fine 
them either N90, 000 or a six month jail term.

“What we are doing on traffic is that we are introducing 
new strategies to eliminate traffic, but Lagos being a 
cosmopolitan city, you cannot totally eliminate it but now 
this is the case, in the next few days, you will see on the 
street of Lagos signs that will be warning you that buyers 
and hawkers should be aware that there are consequences,” 

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