Lagos Task Force Demolishes Illegal Shops, Arrests Traders in Lekki-Ajah (Lekki, Nigeria)

Lekki residents woke up to the news of renewed demolition exercises by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LSEC) along Chevron Drive in the Lekki-Ajah area. This follows reports of traders who were previously dislodged from the location last week, returning to set up shop again.

According to LSEC officials, the task force, during a morning patrol, observed the re-emergence of kiosks and shops considered to be obstructing the free flow of pedestrian and vehicular movement. The officials took action, demolishing the structures and arresting two individuals.

This incident highlights the ongoing struggle between Lagos authorities and informal traders. While the traders provide essential services to residents, the unregulated nature of their activities can sometimes lead to congestion and sanitation issues. The Lagos State government has historically sought to balance these concerns by creating designated marketplaces.

The LSEC spokesperson, Mr. Tokunbo, reiterated the agency’s commitment to maintaining order in the Lekki-Ajah area and across the state. He urged traders to make use of designated markets to avoid disruptions and potential arrests.

The demolitions have likely caused frustration among the affected traders. It is unclear if the Lagos State government has plans to offer alternative solutions, such as relocation assistance or formalized vending permits in designated areas, to support these informal businesses.


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