In a bid to combat the rising criminal activities in and around Lagos, the men of the Lagos State Task Force stormed the Asade Market, along the railway line in Agege which had been in existence for over thirty-two years.
The men of the law enforcement agency who stormed the market at about 8:20am today November 24, bulldozed shops, chalets, kiosks, stands and make-shift homes of the traders whom they alleged to be abhorring criminals.
As at the time our reporter got to the scene, a bulldozer was seen clearing the entire market as traders scamper move their goods to a safe place.
Speaking to one of the traders who pleaded anonymity, he revealed that the Lagos state government had earlier warned them to vacate the area.
“They have told us to leave this place.” He started. “Although, we pleaded that they give us more time in which they have accepted. I was surprised to see them here this morning,” he lamented.
The exercise attracted a lot of attention from passers-by as people watch helplessly as the bulldozer brought down all possible structures in the market.
According to Taiye (not real names) who owns a shop inside the Asade modern market, hoodlums disguise as traders around that area to rob passers-by as well as in-traffic motorists.
She said: “I am sure information reached the state government that some guys use this place as a as a safe haven. They rob women of their bags and also those inside traffic.”
All efforts to speak with the leader of the Task Force team that carried-out the exercise proved abortive as the police men who accompanied the law enforcement agents prevented any form of rapport.
Reports say that the ‘Mallams’ that sell rams and goats around the market have been evacuated to the main Abattoir at Oko Oba.
Meanwhile, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos has reiterated his pledge to make the city business friendly and an investment friendly climate.
The governor said this when he received Mr. Peter Ndegwa who is the chief executive officer of Guinness Nigeria Plc on Monday, November 9 at the state house in Ikeja.