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LASG Says A Truck, Not BRT Bus Killed Hawker in Maryland

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Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said that the street hawker knocked down at Maryland Bus Stop in Lagos earlier in the day was not hit by a BRT bus.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde in a statement said the street hawker was hit by a truck belonging to a soft drink company.

The statement was issued against the backdrop of the destruction of several BRT buses in the area after the incident, following which the buses went off the roads temporarily.

According to Ayorinde, a street hawker who was trying to evade arrest from officials of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), attempted to cross the road before being hit by the truck, which was erroneously thought to be a BRT bus.

“As a result, hoodlums, armed with sticks and stones, immediately descended on some BRT buses plying the route as at the time of the incident and in the process destroyed several of the BRT buses.

It wasn’t any of our buses that killed him (hawker), it was a soft drink company truck that unfortunately crushed the boy while he was trying to escape from KAI officers who were on patrol trying to rid the street of street hawkers and traders.

But hoodlums now took advantage of that to start destroying government assets, including several of the brand new BRT buses,” he said.

Ayorinde said it took the intervention of a team from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to quell the riotous scene caused by the hoodlums before the corpse of the boy was taken to the morgue at the General Hospital, Ikeja.

The Commissioner said that no fewer than three hoodlums alleged to have been part of the mob that destroyed the BRT buses had been arrested, and the law would take its full course.

“The Lagos State Government will like to use this opportunity to further reiterate that it will not relent in ridding the state of illegality, street trading and hawking,” he said.

Ayorinde said that Section 1 of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricted street trading and hawking in the metropolis.

He also said that Sections 7 and 8 of the same law gave jurisdiction and power to the Special Court to order the seizure and public auction of items impounded from street traders.

Section 10 of the law, he said, also prescribed a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction.

“Street traders are hereby urged to desist from this illegal activity because the government will not be blackmailed and would do that which is necessary.

For the miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State Government and the Police Command will not allow any act of civil disobedience.

Those arrested will be dealt with in accordance with the law and further arrests will be made as investigation continues,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.

3 Comments

  1. Akpene Jacob

    June 30, 2016 at 7:30 am

    Its very bad for them to destroy government property, we all use this BRT buses, they must face law.

    I rep lasgidionline.com.ng

  2. word

    June 30, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Well, that’s not the point. The point is your KAI thugs were chasing the hawker who ran into the vehicle. The law says ‘no-hawking’ on those roads, but u drive by them on some days and chase them on some days…know why? Cos the intention is to generate income for LASG not truly to keep hawkers off the streets.

  3. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    June 30, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    The Lagos State government is guilty of the death of this hawker. An agent of the state government committed this atrocity on behalf of Lagos State government period. Lagos State government will surely learn it’s lessons from this horrific events to henceforth not hire tugs again/ train their employees on how to conduct themselves. These silly KAI Officials refused to comply with simple instructions from the executive Governor of the State, not to chase or forcefully enter anyone’s vehicles. It is my advice for the family of the diseased family to hit the Lagos State government where it hurts. Their pockets. Take them to Courts to recover your loss period. A word is enough for the wise. I’ m just saying.

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