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Council Boss Threatens Legal Action as Marketers Assault Council Offcials In Oshodi

The Executive Chairman of Oshodi-Isolo local government, Otunba Kehinde Almaroof Oloyede, has threatened to institute legal action against anyone who assaults any of the public servants in the council.

Oloyede made the disclosure on Thursday while addressing market men and women as well as transporters over the assault of officers of the department of Environmental Services of the council.

It would be recalled that the council chairman had given marketers who trade on the streets in Marcathy Lane and other streets where roads rehabilitation work are ongoing three days ultimatum to desist from spreading their wears on the roads, saying such act contradicts laws of Lagos state.

But when the deadline expired and council officials carry out implementation they were attacked and beating by some of the marketers on Marcathy Lane, Oshodi main market.

The council boss stressed that henceforth the government won’t listen to anyone who refuses to heed warnings as he had severally appealed to them to always cooperate with the council staff who are out there to discharge their official duties on behalf of the government.

Oloyede further stated that he will not condone acts by some unscrupulous elements to obstruct the ongoing construction and rehabilitation works across the local government, stressing that progress always come with its teething problems and will be for a brief period.

Otunba Oloyede however urged the market leaders and transport union officials to warn their members to desist from such act of obstruction of lawful duties.

In his words “I have summoned you here today to intimate you of the growing incident of assault against public servants in the local government. Our Environment department ahs been attacked on two occasions by your people at Banjoko and Marchathy streets. Let me say it clearly, I won’t tolerate such brazen display of crass irresponsibility against our hardworking local government staff, who are out discharging their lawful duties.”

Continuing “we are embarking on the projects for the good of the society and it won’t be proper for some unscrupulous elements to be attacking them. As the chief security officer of this local government, I won’t tolerate such again and whoever does that will be made to face the full wrath of the law, to serve as deterrent to others.”

He also reinterated that street trading will no longer be tolerated again in the council in line with the Lagos state laws.

He appealed for cooperation from the traders to allow completion of the roads work on record time.

In her contribution, the Iyaloja General of Oshodi-Isolo local government, Chief Mrs Ejide Adeyanju informed the chairman that her members are not involved in the assault but those who are allotted slots by some ‘big boys’ and that they don’t benefit from such.

She appealed to the chairman to use his good offices to rectify the anomalies in the interest of fair play for all parties involved.

All those who spoke equally exonerated themselves ad members, and urged the chairman to continue his transformational agenda,that nobody will obstruct him or his contractors.

In his closing remarks, the council boss admonished all the market leaders and transporters to warn their members to desist from such unholy behavior, and that a meeting will eventually be conveyed to also discuss the issues raised by the Iyaloja where the chairman of the Lagos state National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Musiliu Ayinde Akinsanya will be in attendance.

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