Six operatives of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) were on Friday attacked and injured by some employees of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi.
The LAGESC operatives, while carrying out enforcement on street trading along Queens Drive in Ikoyi, were seriously injured with three of the operational trucks damaged.
The operation was led by the Deputy Corps Mashal Operation, Ganiu Kazeem and Deputy Corps Marshal Discipline and Staff Welfare, Adeleke Adeeso.
Kazeem explained that on getting to the scene of the incident at about 1:45 pm the staff of the Federal High Court with the private security personnel of the Court came out en mass to attack the team with stones, Iron-rod, broken bottles and cutlasses leaving them injured and damaging two operational vehicles.
He added that the operation had nothing to do with the staff of the Court, but for the fact that the hawkers who occupied the drainage channels were allegedly paying rent to the private security of the Court, the private securities in conjunction with some staff of the Court decided to stop the peaceful operation.
The Agency’s officers who were injured include; Oyedokun Samson (driver), Iwatan Oluwa Seun; Riwatan Oluwatobi; Shipeolu Babatunde amongst others were immediately rushed to the hospital and currently receiving treatment, with one of them stabbed on the neck under serious condition.
The Deputy Corp Marshal confirmed that some of suspects were arrested during the fracas, while the case was also immediately reported at the Ikoyi Police Station for further investigation. He advised Lagosians to comply with the law of the Lagos State Government on Zero Tolerance to street trading, as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel forthwith,” he stated.
Consequently, the Corp Mashal of the Agency, CP Gbemisola Akinpelu (retd) reiterated the determination of the agency to ensure that all the citizens in the state abide by the stipulated environmental regulations of the State, noting that nobody in the State is above the law and warning people to desist from attacking enforcement officers out to carry their legal duties.