The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) has obtained a ‘Court Order’ granted it by the State Mobile Court to publicly auction 88 vehicles that were forfeited for driving against traffic.
Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, disclosed this, on Monday, in a statement made available to newsmen, saying that the affected 88 vehicles to be auctioned were impounded by the Taskforce enforcement team for driving against traffic (one-way) at different parts of the state.
Jejeloye said the vehicles were all arraigned and forfeited by the court in line with Part (3) item (27) of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reformed Law of 2018, saying that the public auction would hold in line with COVID-19 protocols on Wednesday, 20th of January, 2021 at the Agency’s Car Park, (Behind Shoprite), Alausa, Ikeja.
He urged motorists both private and commercial bus drivers to desist from driving against traffic (one-way), warning that the penalty was outright forfeiture of such vehicle to the government without any option of any fine.
While reiterating the state government’s zero-tolerance for the violation of the law under any guise, Jejeloye confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, had directed the operatives of the agency to continue prosecuting traffic offenders until sanity was restored the roads and law-abiding citizens were allowed to commute without being impeded by unlawful individuals.
Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the Lagos State Mobile Court, Mrs Arinola Ogbara Banjoko, confirmed that owners/drivers of these 88 court forfeited were arraigned before Chief Magistrate Micheal Olubi, Magistrate Lateef Layeni, Magistrate Oyebimbola Israel Adelakun, Magistrate Ibidun Abina and Magistrate Shakirat Obasa.
She said that other traffic offenders caught plying BRT corridors or those causing obstructions to other road users were also arraigned and fined by Lagos State Mobile Court at Bolade, Oshodi.