About fifty persons were apprehended yesterday, Monday, August 17, 2018, in an alleged raid by the operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Task Force in Maryland, Lagos Mainland.
InsideMainland gathered from sources around the community that the raid which was carried out by operatives of the agency at about 7:30 pm with street traders, beggars and other citizens arrested in the raid.
Some of the traders apprehended were allegedly arrested along the newly constructed bus stop by the Lagos State Government.
Speaking to InsideMainland, a source stated that it is not the first time the Task Force operatives would storm the axis to carry out a raid. “The raid happens at different times when you least expect it. It became more frequent since the construction of a bus stop by the government with the inscription banning street trading and a fine of N100,000 attached.
“When they came around yesterday (Monday), a lot of people were arrested and some traders had their goods thrown into their Black Maria while some others were scattered on the road,” the source noted.
It was learnt that a passerby who was caught in the process intensely resisted arrest but was later overpowered by the operatives.
When InsideMainland visited the axis today, the spot was deserted as road users go about their daily activities.
Meanwhile, unconfirmed sources noted that the agency officials are fond of arresting citizens along the axis illegally under the guise of raid. It was learnt that some of the victims of the raid are only set free by the operatives if they can part with a certain amount of money.
“Sometimes, those arrested are made to pay as low as N5,000 (Five Thousand Naira) to get released. In some other times, it can be as high as N20,000 (Twenty Thousand Naira) depending on the situation surrounding your arrest,” the source narrated.
However, when contacted, the Chairman of the Lagos State Environmental Task Force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi told InsideMainland that he is not aware of the raid.