Lagos Environmental Officials Raid Egbeda Market, Seize Goods
Florence sells provisions at the Egbeda market in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.
She wakes up every morning to display her goods very close to the road as she cannot afford to rent a shop.
This has been her usual routine until Tuesday, March 6th when officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, paid a surprise visit to the market.
Before she could pack her goods and run for safety, the officials pounced on her goods.
Florence watched, with tears welled up in her eyes, as her means of livelihood was carted away by the officials.
That was the experience of many goods owners on Tuesday at the market when the 'March visitors' came calling.
The officials, who came with their truck, confiscated displayed goods.
Their presence caused tension in the market as many traders were seen scampering for safety with their wares.
Others that were not too lucky have sad tales to tell as they recounted their losses.
Appeals by these goods owners fell on deaf ears as the officials made away with the goods.
Some of them who spoke to Bounce News said the action of the officials was surprising as they have been selling their goods at the spot for a while with no disturbance.
Jessica who sells second-hand wares lamented the raid by the officials.
"This is like the first time they will be seizing our goods. They used to come before but they will just pass.
"I pay the market leaders for the space they are calling illegal as I do not have money to rent a shop in the market," she said.
Another goods owner, Segun, who sells bags and shoes had no kind words for the officials and the Lagos State Governor Akiwunmi Ambode.
He said, "I'm tired of this country. The small thing one is using to feed himself and family, Governor Ambode and his people will come and collect from us again.
"How do expect me to survive without my goods now. Maybe they want all of us to come and be eating at Alausa, I don't know."
The officials, after the raid, made away with the goods, while asking the owners to come to Alausa.
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