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Don’t buy from hawkers in Lagos if you don’t want to be jailed, Ambode warns

Akinwunmi Ambode

Akinwunmi Ambode

Governor Akinwumi Ambode said on Friday that Lagos State Government will start enforcing the law prohibiting street trading and hawking.

The law, according to the governor, is found in Section One of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003.It makes hawkers and buyers liable of the offence.

Ambode expressed his  sympathy to the family of a street hawker who was knocked down on Wednesday by a truck while trying to evade arrest from KAI officials in Maryland .
“It is not in our DNA to allow someone to just die by road accident or the way it happened in respect of the incident. But beyond the fact that we lost one person while crossing the road as a result of evading arrest by KAI officials, I need to tell Lagosians that over 49 buses were actually destroyed and it is costing us like almost N139m to put those buses back on the road.”

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“The issue is we need to enforce our laws because we already have a law in respect of that and then there is a clause in it which says the buyer and the seller are both liable and that we are going to fine them either N90, 000 or a six month jail term”, Ambode said during a live programme on Television Continental in Lagos.

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He added, “What we are doing on traffic is that we are introducing new strategies to eliminate traffic, but Lagos, being a cosmopolitan city, you cannot totally eliminate it but now this is the case, in the next few days, you will see on the street of Lagos signs that will be warning you that buyers and hawkers should be aware that there are consequences.”

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Ambode expressed his  sympathy to the family of a street hawker who was knocked down on Wednesday by a truck while trying to evade arrest from KAI officials in Maryland .

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