Traders of new and fairly used furniture on road setbacks and walkways along the Oshodi- Apapa Expressway have defied the order of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to vacate the area.

The governor through the Lagos State Task Force on Environment had on Sunday served a 24-hour vacation notice to all the traders to freely vacate the place or face the wrath of government.

Chairman of the task force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP), who handed down the notice said illegal shanties constructed by the traders have become dens for criminals.

When Bounce News visited the area of Tuesday, a day after the notice expired, many traders have failed to heed the order.

It was business as usual for the traders as they were busy going about their activities of buying and selling.

Many of the traders who spoke with our correspondent said the government should bear with them.

"If they are chasing us away from selling, where do they want us to go?

"This is how we are surviving. This is how we earn our children’s school fees,”  one of the traders, who simply identified himself as Ahmed said.

"We are not criminals. These are people trying to make a living in these very harsh economic circumstances which the same government created.

"So, they should sober up", Ahmed added.

Another trader also said that though, they are aware that there was an order that they should move, it would take time for such an order to take effect.

"We have no issue with moving away from the highway but the critical question remains where we will go after that?" he said.

While admitting that their activities sometimes constitute nuisance to other road users, he said it could not be avoided as Lagos is growing in population every day.

These were the same sentiments shared by most of the traders who spoke with our correspondent.

It was, however, gathered that few of the traders have left, which explained why some spaces were empty.

The head of Public Affairs, Lagos State Task Force, Adebayo Taofeek in reaction to the traders’ position further appealed that the traders should respect and obey the government over the relocation order.

He said the government would not review its stand on evicting the traders from the expressway.

According to him, the traders should understand that the essence of the order for the relocation is to ensure the security of lives and property of the traders and residents of the area.

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