Task Force raided Oshodi recently, demolishing illegal structures and arreasting roadside traders.
Officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit raided Oshodi recently.
The Task Force arrested 223 miscreants and roadside traders. The team also demolished illegal structures erected by the miscreants and roadside traders.
Olubukola Ade, the Chairman of the Task Force and a Superintendent of Police, claimed that the raid was a follow-up to the sensitisation visit to the market by officials of the taskforce a week ago.
He claimed that the miscreants arrested often fomented trouble in the area and harassed innocent citizens. Among those arrested were nine under-aged boys, 189 adults and five women.
However, several traders condemned that actions of the Task Force. Bola Olakunle, a trader in Oshodi lamented the act saying;
They have demolished the shops we rented at N500. We voted them in yet they are making life unbearable for us. They have been here since 20am, we did not have N8 million to rent a shop. At least, we do pay tax. There are lot of troubles in this Oshodi, the poor cannot afford such huge amount to rent a shop, we are all hustling. They should consider us. They should allow us allow to trade freely, we have children to take care of with the little we are making here.
The traders pleaded with the Task Force to release their seized wares. They also appealed to the government to find another place for them to earn their livelihood.