No going back on arrest of one-way motorists – LASG

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The Lagos State Taskforce has said that there is no going back on arrest and continuous clamp down on motorists driving against traffic on the State roads until the state is completely  free from their recklessness and flagrant disobedience of the State traffic laws.

The Statement was made on Tuesday by the Chairman of Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye during a press briefing at the Agency Headquarters, Safety Arena, Bolade Oshodi area of the state.

Jejeloye was reacting to the spate of lawlessness and pocket of protests by hoodlums and motorists after the Lagos State Taskforce impounded a commercial bus popularly known as ‘Danfo’ and a Toyota Avalon for driving against traffic along Egebda-Idimu Road in the early hours of today.

Jejeloye gave background explanation about the incident saying the drivers of Danfo bus with registration number AGL219XG AND Toyota  Avalon with registration number GGE432FS were apprehended while driving on one way and as soon as the vehicles were confiscated, the danfo bus driver quickly mobilized hoodlums and miscreants from nearby to protest against the seizure of the vehicles.

Speaking further on the incident, the Chairman stated that revolts like this are not new to the officers and men of the Taskforce. He stated that law breakers, especially commercial bus drivers and okada riders are quick to mobilize and cry foul whenever they are caught committing a crime or found wanting.

“We experience these things every day so its not news to us. You will see commercial bus drivers and Okada riders endangering their lives and that of their passengers with no form of regard whatsoever, and when apprehended they either start begging or try to incite the public against us.” Jejeloye stated.

CSP Jejeloye also highlighted that the arrest and prosecution of errant offenders was in the best interest of the State and citizenry in general as this would serve as a deterrent to other road users, be it private or commercial.

He decried the manner in which some unscrupulous elements joined in protesting against the impoundment of the vehicles stating that many cases of hit and run accidents in the State were caused by driver who drove on one-way.

CSP Jejeloye assured Lagosians that no amount of protests or reaction from traffic offenders would deter the taskforce from safeguarding lives and property in the State. He promised to carry on with the task of restoring sanity on Lagos roads no matter whose ox is gored.

Giving updates on the arrested drivers, he revealed they will be charged to court according to the provisions of the law and if found guilty, risk the penalty of forfeiture of the vehicles to the State Government.

 



Abisola Adebayo is a Reporter/Presenter/Social Media Manager for Tv360Nigeria. She is a first class graduate of the department of Mass Communication at Fountain University, Osogbo. Abisola is currently running her Masters Degree at the University of Lagos. The Social Media savvy young lady is ambitious and driven, likes trying new things and sets new goals for herself. Always looking for an opportunity to do better and achieve greatness.


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