Task force to clamp down on trade on rail lines, arrests 31 hoodlums

The operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Task Force is sets to clampdown on all traders on railway tracks across the State. 

Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that heavy convergence of traders selling and buying goods around railway tracks is suicidal and eye-sore. 

He said "strategically this unusual and very risky trading practice has led to the death of some people, especially those who were not quick enough to depart the scene for an oncoming train"

CSP Egbeyemi maintained that in accordance with the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Law, it was completely unlawful for anyone to hawks or buy/sell goods on railway tracks including all road setbacks and walkways across the State.

"The primary responsibility of any responsible and responsive government is to protect lives and properties of the people"

He however warned officials of both Local Government and market women to desist from collecting fees from these illegal traders on railway lines around Oshodi, Mushin, Ikeja-Along, Yaba, Oyingbo and Agege as anyone caught would be severely dealt with in accordance with the Law.

In a related development and in line with the State's policy in eradicating miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State  Commissioner of Police CP EDGAL IMOHIMI has directed CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi to carry out a raid on all criminal hideouts across the State. 

Over the weekend, the Agency arrested 23 notorious miscreants during an over-night raid around Shitta area of Surulere and confiscated bags substances suspected to be Indian hemp with other out-lawed illicit drugs such as 'Novalyn with Codeine cough syrup' 

Also, another 8 members of notorious 'Awawa Boys' were arrested during an enforcement operations carried out around Capitol, Isale-Oja and Agege.

CSP Egbeyemi regretted that most parents have abdicated their responsibility toward their children as youths now be found deeply in gangsterism and that most of the violent crime committed were perpetrated by teenagers who lack parental care.

While maintaining that the Agency would continue to raid all other areas known to be inhabited by undesirable elements, he confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP EDGAL IMOHIMI has directed that all those arrested be charge to court for prosecutions.

A resident who refused to identified himself commended the enforcement team of the Agency and said he can now drive home freely safe without any fear of being harassed by miscreants who often lurk around available corners at night and rob innocent members of the public of their valuables such as phones, jewelleries and wallets around Shita area of Surulere. 

He however requested for a comprehensive raid by the Agency on all miscreants and hoodlums disturbing innocent  residents around the entire Surulere metropolis.

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