The Lagos State Task Force says it has matched words with actions by clearing traders off Oshodi rail tracks, under Apongbon Bridge and other areas, vowing to sustain the tempo.

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A statement by Mr Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, spokesman, Lagos State Task Force, said Chairman of the agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, led the enforcement on Monday.

Abdulraheem said the exercise was to rid the state of indiscriminate display of goods on the highways, road sides, kerbs and railway tracks across various parts of the state.

The chairman said that the trading activities not only debase the environment but also caused pain and discomfort to Lagos residents.

Jejeloye said several notices had been served to traders, especially those at Oshodi rail track where the agency carried out sensitisation and subtle warning on May, 23, to discourage them from returning.

He added that the efforts to keep the illegal activities off the tracks fell on deaf ears.
“Our warnings have been sent out to them for as long as two years ago but they don’t listen.

“We served notices at Fagba where some people built shanties, kiosks from Fagba all the way to Pen Cinema and Isokoko, thereby shortchanging motorists and pedestrians who should enjoy free movement along that axis.

“It is completely unfair to all Lagosians and we will make sure that they are all cleared out with immediate effect,” he said.

The chairman said although both the buyers and sellers involved in these activities should be arrested, he would strike a balance and avoid double jeopardy.