Newspaper vendors in Lagos have cried out over the incessant harassment by the officials of the Lagos State Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI, from displaying newspapers.
The vendors yesterday lamented the actions of the KAI officials after they were stopped from displaying newspapers at the Ikeja area of the state.
Speaking to Nigerian Pilot, the vice chairman, Newspaper distributors, Ikeja zone, Mr. Tunde Oladunni said the actions of the KAI officials since last Friday has become disturbing as they harass vendors for no just reason.
He said that the harassment has been on-going for almost four years but always been resolved, but since last Friday they have been barred from displaying newspapers for no reason at all.
According to him “Since last Friday, KAI officials have been disturbing us from displaying newspapers, and all effort at resolving it have been in vain.
“On that same day, we went to Alausa to complain to the KAI commandant, but unfortunately met his absence, and we were directed to the deputy, Mr. Onipede who directed us to the Ikeja zonal commandant who has refused to help resolve the issue.
“Yesterday we went back to Alausa to meet with the KAI commandant, and while there we got a message that the KAI officials were again disturbing the vendors from displaying newspapers.” He stated.
Oladunni said that the newspaper vendors have been law abiding and are not blocking pedestrian walk ways as alleged by the KAI officials.
He however called on the state government and the KAI commandant to come to their aid so as to resolve the situation amicably.
Also reacting, a newspaper vendor at the Ikeja under bridge, Mr. Emmanuel Ebede, he alleged that the frequent harassment by the KAI officials is borne out of their refusal to give them money.
He said that other traders within that vicinity do contribute money and give to the KAI officials every Friday, an arrangement which the vendors have refused to be part of, leading to their harassment.
Attempts by our correspondent to speak with the KAI officials on the allegations were rebuffed.