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Chaos as KAI Illegally Seals MTN Kiosk in Ikeja

Men of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), otherwise known as Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) went berserk on Tuesday as it sealed a branded kiosk belonging to MTN in Ikeja.

According to residents, the sealing of the branded kiosk nearly cause mayhem in the area but for the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians.

Given the reason for the sealing of the kiosk, KAI said its owner has not paid for a permit before embarking on the business on the street.

It was however gathered that the South African owned telecommunications conglomerate operating in the country has duly paid for the branded kiosks located across the state.

Further investigations also showed that MTN has paid undisclosed millions of naira to the Lagos State Signage & Advertisement Agency (LASAA), as permit charges for MTN branded kiosks across the state.

The telecommunications company has deployed thousands of kiosks in Lagos State, given free of charge to its agents to sell sims and recharge cards as the company’s contribution to poverty alleviation and also means of providing jobs for the youths.

Annoyed with the act of the KAI operatives, one of the officials of MTN who spoke to newsmen on condition of anonymity said the state government needs to check and caution the agency. 

The officials said: “With the seizure of the MTN products and sealing of the kiosks, the existence of those poor agents have been put to jeopardy and the image of the Lagos State government dented in the process.”

He added: “What KAI is demanding from MTN amounts to double taxation that the government of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu seriously needs to quickly address.”

Our correspondent, who was at the scene of the incident, saw KAI operatives harassing agents of MTN on Medical road, Ikeja by demanding, without a reasonable basis for KAI permit for the deployed branded kiosks to the chagrin of passers-by.

Speaking with newsmen on the incident, a resident said it is an act of illegality on part of the KAI saying the agency has no such rights to seal a branded kiosk.

Hence they called on the state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to call the agency to order not to go beyond its statutory role.

“The irascible activities of LAGESC and its operatives more commonly called KAI are becoming an embarrassment to the Lagos state government and something has to be done to curb the excesses of the agency before it becomes a serious impediment to investments buildup in the state,” one of the onlookers commented.

All efforts to speak to the Head of KAI Operatives,  Mrs Gbemisola Akinpelu proved abortive as she did not answer calls put across to her.

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