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“I did not approve street trading in Computer Village” – Olu of Ikeja
The Olu of Ikeja, Oba Adeniyi Matemi Amore, had debunked the allegation leveled against him that he instructed the displaced street traders at the popular Commuter Village, in Ikeja to return to the streets, saying: “At no time did I instruct the street traders to go back to Computer Village; the report is baseless, malicious and with no substance whatsoever.”
It would be recalled that last week, the Computer Village, one of the biggest markets for all kinds of computer hard and software materials in West African sub-region, was last Thursday, temporarily sealed and later reopened by men of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit.
According to reports, the closure was necessitated when a group of miscreants, already displaced in the market over street trading by the Lagos State Government, were addressed by the Oba of Ikeja, who allegedly ordered the dislodged traders to return to the street for businesses.
When contacted Oba Amore for his reaction, he stated: “That I said street traders should trade in Computer Village is not true.
“That was what took me to the market -to address them, the shop owners, on the need to allow those who want to open for business to do so. That’s all.”
Meantime, the state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, while receiving in her office, the executive members of Police Officers’ Wives Association, POWA, in the state, led by the state Chairman, Mrs. Rabi Manko, implored women in the state to desist from trading on major roads and highways, noting that such does not only cause traffic gridlock but also endanger the lives of women as witnessed in the frequent cases of motor vehicles running over street traders.