Lagos State Task Force, Police Bust, Arrest Night Traders, Sex Workers

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Lagos State Task Force and Nigeria Police Force on Wednesday busted night traders and commercial sex workers in the Ikeja area of the state.

Three vans of the task force were used to seize goods of traders as well as arresting some of them.

The police officers attached to Alausa and Shogunle division escorted the task force, arresting tens of traders and also forcing some of them to abandon their wares to escape arrest by the officers.

The traders lamented the “inhuman” act of the security personnel in extorting them.

They explained that the task force and police always wait till 9pm before coming out and begin their raid from Shogunle, going through Ikeja Along, Ikeja GRA, Maryland and Ojota.

One of the traders who sells bread and noodles at Leventis bus stop, Ikeja, said the police officers do demand outrageous bail in exchange for their freedom.

“They usually raid once in a while, but since this December, the raid has been happening frequently.

“When they come, we all have to leave our wares and run away because anybody they arrest will pay like N50,000 as bail,” the trader narrated.

The traders pleaded with Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to order the security personnel to immediately stop the arrest and extortion.

“This trade is our only means of survival and this is what most of us use to take care of the family.

“It is not our desire to stay out late at night to sell goods but we have to work since it is against the law to engage in immoral acts and we do not also support it.

“We do not make huge profits and it is inhuman and very bad when the task force and police come to collect the little money we make,” said one of the traders.

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