The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, known as the Task Force, conducted enforcement operations to remove illegal traders from highways, roadsides, kerbs, and railway tracks across various parts of the city. The operations were carried out under the supervision of the agency’s Chairman, Chief Superintendent of Police Shola Jejeloye, following the directives of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to restore order on walkways, highways, and rail tracks.
Jejeloye revealed that the traders had been previously warned, particularly those operating near the Oshodi rail track. The agency conducted a sensitization campaign on May 23, 2023, to discourage them from returning to the tracks.
He stated, “We issued warnings to the traders two years ago, but they did not comply. Notices were served at Fagba, where some individuals built shanties and kiosks from Fagba to Pen Cinema and Isokoko, obstructing the free movement of motorists and pedestrians in that area.”
The actions of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit are aimed at ensuring the orderly use of public spaces and improving the ease of movement for residents and commuters in the city.