By Oziegbe Okoeki
Suspected military personnel at the roundabout, opposite Bonny Camp on Victoria Island, Lagos on Tuesday attacked the enforcement team of the Ikoyi/Victoria Island clean-up committee.
The team, which had been conducting daily enforcement raids, visited the roundabout under bridge opposite Bonny Camp, which serves as a depot, store and distribution point for goods sold on the streets.
Immediately the exercise began, the operatives were confronted by some military personnel, who prevented them from seizing the items and taking them away.
The military personnel, some of whom were in mufti, questioned the audacity of the government officials to conduct raids near a military capacity and beat up identified officials.
The action of the military men emboldened some of the street traders, who resorted to hurling stones and other dangerous items at the officials, who were on official duty.
Attempts were made to smash the video camera of one of the television stations attached to the enforcement team, while a public affairs officer was also assaulted and had his phone damaged.
Speaking about the incident, the Chairman of the committee, Mr. Tunji Bello, expressed sadness about the action of the uniformed men.
He said as part of the proactive measures undertaken by the committee, letters of intents were written to the military and police formations to inform them about the operation of the committee on Victoria Island and in Ikoyi.
Twenty-three people were arrested for street trading, breach of peace and obstructing the highways during the enforcement on Tuesday.
Those arrested were charged before a Special Offences Mobile Court, which sat at Falomo Roundabout in Ikoyi and punished.