The government of Lagos State have commenced the immediate arrest and prosecution of motorists who buy goods in traffic.
The enforcement was confirmed when officials of the Environmental Sanitation Corps Agency (LASERCORPS) arrested 6 motorists at Ikeja along Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway for allegedly buying goods in traffic. Also four passengers and nine hawkers were arrested during the operation.
On Friday being April 7, 2017. They were accused of breaching the environmental law and brought before a magistrate court, Mr Olayiwola Ogundare Of the Igba Magistrate's Court sentenced them to three months imprisonment each. However, the magistrate gave the accused the option of N10,000 Fine each, adding that the motorists should pay additional N20,000 Fine into the state coffers.
The Head of Public Affairs Unit for LASERCORPS Mr Rahmat Alabi, yesterday said the arrest was in line with the Environmental Sanitation Law 2015. Alabi added that the Corps Marshal of the agency, CSP Bola Jimoh (retd.), stated that LASECORPS was determined to fight the menace of highway hawking.