The Maryland axis of Lagos experienced a considerable degree of confusion yesterday following the death of a hawker in traffic. Several BRT buses were destroyed following claims that the hawker was knocked down by a BRT bus while he was being chased by men of the Kick Against Indiscipline task force.
The street hawker was knocked down while trying to evade the KAI officials and it prompted a rash of destruction in Maryland on Wednesday. Commuters experienced severe gridlock around the axis as traffic was grounded for hours.
The Lagos state government has however died that the hawker was knocked down a BRT bus contrary to the reports making the rounds.
In a statement signed by the Lagos state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said that contrary to the information being circulated in the social the street hawker was hit by a BRT bus, it was a truck belonging to a soft drink company that unfortunately hit the hawker.
“It wasn’t any of our buses that killed him (hawker), it was a soft drink company truck that unfortunately crushed the boy while he was trying to escape from KAI officers who were on patrol trying to rid the street of street hawkers and traders.
“But hoodlums now took advantage of that to start destroying government assets, including several of the brand new BRT buses,” he said.
“The Lagos State Government would like to use this opportunity to further reiterate that it would not relent in ridding the state of illegality, street trading and hawking,” he said.
“Street traders are hereby urged to desist from this illegal activity because the government will not be blackmailed and would do that which is necessary.
“And for the miscreants and hoodlums, the Lagos State Government and the Police Command would not allow any act of civil disobedience and those arrested would be dealt with in accordance with the law and further arrests would be made as investigation continues,” he said.