In response to the outcry of Lagosians about the nefarious activities of miscreants occupying some pedestrian bridges along major expressways in the state and the harassment meted out to unsuspecting pedestrians, which discourages their use of these bridges for safety, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), popularly known as KIA, conducted an enforcement operation to remove touts and miscreants constituting nuisance on the Oshodi and Ikeja-Along pedestrian bridges on Monday.
Major Olatunbosun Olaniyi Cole (Retd), the Corps Marshal of the Agency, discussed the operation and the strategic significance of eliminating all environmental and human violations that endanger pedestrians’ ability to use pedestrian bridges appropriately.
According to him, ‘‘We received regular complaints from Lagosians about the activities of miscreants and touts occupying the Oshodi and Ikeja-Along bridges and depriving pedestrians of their valuables, which discourages their use of the pedestrian bridges on the highways as it serves the purpose of protecting them from being knocked over by speeding motorists”.
In order to act as a deterrent to others, Cole reaffirmed the agency’s intention to consolidate this ongoing enforcement. She also stated that anyone discovered to be posing a threat to the safety of pedestrians on roadways will be detained and charged in court.
Additionally, he emphasized that Lagos residents should avoid crossing highways in order to ensure their safety, as any careless pedestrian caught by KAI agents will also be prosecuted.
The KAI Boss also issued a riot act to vendors who set up shop on, beside, and under pedestrian bridges, which is against the state’s environmental laws and illegal street dealing. She emphasized that violators would face the full force of the law if they were caught.