No fewer than ten suspected fuel vendors (black market sellers) were on Sunday arrested by the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit for allegedly obstructing traffic in the Oshodi and Ikeja areas of the state.
About eight jerrycans of fuel were also impounded from the suspects.
The arrested suspects who were initially arrested by the task force numbered 25, however after screening, 15 suspects, including 10 fuel hawkers, were reportedly found culpable.
Confirming the arrest, the unit’s spokesman, Adebayo Taofiq, told The Punch that the hawkers were arrested for particularly causing gridlock.
“These hawkers stay around filling stations and they cause gridlock for other road users.
“The Chairman of the task force, SP Olayinka Egebyemi, ordered that there should be vehicular sanity around all filling stations in the state.
“During our operation on Sunday, 25 miscreants, including those hawking fuel by the roadsides around filling stations were arrested. Ten were found guilty.
“They would be charged to court for environmental offences according to the law,” Taofiq stated.
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