The Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit on Friday warned the Olu of Ikeja, Oba Raufu Matemi, to stop encouraging traders to flout the environmental law or risk being arrested and prosecuted.
The task force chairman, Mr. Bayo Sulaiman, a Superintendent of Police, alleged that the monarch told street traders to trade on the roads and walkways in the Computer Village in violation of the state government’s order.
The government had recently cleared the Computer Village of street trading to “ensure security of lives and property” in the area.
The task force boss said that investigations showed that the monarch encouraged the traders to return, saying the government lacked the power to displace them.
He said, “Some of the street traders have already started trading again. We got a petition from the Computer Allied Product Dealers Association of Nigeria in Ikeja that the Oba had incited the street traders against the government.”
Task force officials subsequently stormed the Computer Village on Thursday morning and shut it down temporarily to maintain sanity. They re-opened it in the evening.
Sulaiman said it was the desire of the government to see that street trading did not return to the area as it was against its policy and was also against the new traffic law.
He said, “The Oba has no immunity and can be arrested and made to face the music if he continues to incite street traders against the state government.”