Thursdays are known to all Lagosians as the day when markets and shops do not open for business till 10am.

If you ask anyone within the metropolis why commercial centres are closed, you would likely hear "there is sanitation".

Traders are expected to clean up their surroundings during the compulsory exercise.

But traders at Tedi Market in Ojo LGA incurred the wrath of market sanitation officers with non-compliance.

Men of the Lagos State Environmental Corps raided the market and seized goods with some of the traders whose wares were impounded pleading for leniency.

“We were receiving goods from suppliers who left the scene before the arrival of the officers.

“I am aware of the standing order, but our bread and yam suppliers came this morning and many of us rushed to take our goods.

“We are not selling,” Mrs Ngozi Esemonu said.

Mr Gabriel Williams, who deals on cereals, told NAN that total closure of shops was difficult.

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“Some traders live in their shops; how can one living in his shop not open his or her shop?

“I want to appeal to the officers to consider most of us who are in this category. Times are hard,” Williams said.

Leader of the sanitation officers, Hakeem Olawole, said that the market had become notorious for flouting environmental laws.

“Other traders will learn from those whose wares were seized,” he said.

Olawole advised traders to participate actively in exercises aimed at cleaning the environment to avoid disease outbreak.

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