The fear of Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) Brigade may have become the beginning of wisdom in the Lagos metropolis.
Wednesday afternoon, at the popular Oshodi bus station, dozens of commuters were apprehended by KAI officials for crossing the highway without using the pedestrian bridge made available.
KAI Brigade is the Law Enforcement Unit of the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment, established on 3rd November 2003 by the administration of former Governor, Senator Bola Tinubu. The Brigade was established to enforce the Environmental Sanitation Law of Lagos State.
In its mission statement, the Brigade is to effect a change of attitude and promote clean and hygienic culture among the people of Lagos State.
Speaking with one of the officials after the offending commuters were locked in two vans belonging to the KAI Brigade, the official who preferred to remain anonymous said, people have been warned severally not to endanger their lives by crossing the highway.
“The bridge is available and safe, but these people chose not to use it. Now some of them are saying they know their rights, instead of them to plead with the law enforcers,” he said.
Despite the dozens apprehended, other defiant commuters were still seen briskly crossing the highway without considering the penalties involved and more so, the possibility of getting knocked down by moving vehicles.
The KAI brigade is also saddled with the responsibilities of keeping Lagos environment clean by eliminating indiscriminate dumping of refuse in unauthorised places, eliminating all forms of street trading, hawking and eliminating vegetal nuisance and overgrown weeds around premises. It is also saddled with the responsibility of ensuring people do defecate in the open and public places among other responsibilities.
Lagos State is home to about 17.5 million people according to the 2006 headcount and for orderliness, such must be enforced to maintain sanity, safe and clean environment.