Lagos State Hawking Ban: Government Make First Arrests


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The Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode last Friday enforced the prohibition of street hawking on Lagos roads.

This is possibly because of an incident in which a BRT bus hit a hawker and in retaliation, some touts resorted to heavy vandalisation.

According to The Daily Trust, yesterday Monday the 4th of July 2016 marked the first real day of the law in effect and the members of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) team were hard at work arresting defaulters.

The stipulated punishment for breaking this new law is a six months jail term or a  N90,000 fine.

Ambode had earlier said that the renewed enforcement is in line with Section One of the Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003 which restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis.

According to the Daily Trust, offenders were caught and arrested in  Maryland, Oshodi, Ikeja, and Ojota. The Alausa office of KAI also featured a fair few alleged hawkers.

You can see a photo of someone suspected to be a hawker being led into a van below.


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