There has been outpouring of reactions on the social media since Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State announced that the state would enforce the law banning street trading and hawking with effect from July 1.

The Lagos State Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003 restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis. It imposes a fine of N90,000 or a six-month term or both on offenders – either way – trader and patron.

Government’s decision to enforce the law resulted from the burning of public properties, including 49 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) vehicles belonging to the state government  by hoodlums avenging the death of a street trader.

The loss was put at about N14 million.

The hoodlums attacked and burnt the buses while avenging the death of a street hawker who was crushed by a truck  while trying to escape arrest by men of the state’s Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), a para-military outfit.

Governor Ambode had noted that the “administration has also concluded plans to roll out a massive campaign which would warn both motorists and hawkers of the restrictions and the penalty for defaulters.”

However, social media influencer and MC, Wale Gates, reacted to the news via twitter with an image of Governor Ambode patronising a street hawker while campaigning in 2015 and the tweet, “Dear @AkinwumiAmbode, it was OK in Jan 2015, now let’s charge them 90k both buyer and seller…”

He further continued with the thread stating his displeasure with the state government’s decision which he viewed as unfair and advocated for measures to be put in place before such restrictions and bans could be enforced.

Other reactions from twitter users include;


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