The police in Lagos have arrested 10 suspected fuel hawkers for allegedly obstructing traffic in the Oshodi and Ikeja areas.
PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspects were nabbed by the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit on Sunday.
It was gathered that 25 suspects were initially arrested by the task force, but after screening, 15 suspects, including 10 fuel hawkers, were found culpable.
It was learnt that about eight jerrycans of fuel were impounded from the suspects.
A source told our correspondent that the hawkers were arrested for particularly causing gridlock.
He said, “These hawkers stay around filling stations and they cause gridlock for other road users. They may be charged to court on Monday (today).”
The unit’s spokeman, Adebayo Taofiq, confirmed the arrest.
He said, “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 released after screening and the 15 would be charged to court for environmental offences according to the law.”