The Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of the Lagos State Police Command on Friday, January 8, 2021, impounded three (3) vehicles for covering their number plates and forty-three (43) motorcycles for plying prohibited routes in Alausa Business District, Ikeja.
The operation was carried out after the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu directed all the Lagos state police command operatives to go after unregistered vehicles, vehicles with covered numbers plates, fake number plates and unauthorized use of siren in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu had warned vehicle owners against these acts of illegality towards the end of year 2020 as a result of the intelligence gathered on the planned usage of these categories of vehicles and motorcycles for committing crimes in the state and beyond.
In compliance with the order, police operatives in the state have been on the prowl of violators who are fond of using unregistered vehicles, covered and fake number plates, unauthorized use of siren/revolving light, just to mention a few, with many of them prosecuted and fined accordingly.
CP Hakeem Odumosu while reaffirming his zero tolerance for traffic offences and the like, ordered the Commander RRS, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi to intensify efforts in impounding any vehicles/bikes found wanting in this regard.
Odumosu however expressed shock at the volume of vehicles violating these orders in the state and motorcycles prowling Alausa Business District, which are prohibited routes for bikes.
During the sting operation organized by the command, which was commanded by CSP Yinka Egbeyemi to kick against these offences, the command seized the opportunity to advise Lagosians to desist from such illegality. The command also warned Government workers, who encourage commercial motorcycle riders to flout the rules on prohibited routes to desist forthwith, pointing out that the squad has the directive of the Commissioner of Police to impound such bikes and prosecute both the riders and passengers.
The Police Boss has however ordered that the three (3) vehicles and 43 motorcycles impounded be transferred to Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Offences without delay for prosecution.
In another development, the zeal of the command to curtail traffic robbery in Lagos State paid off as the RRS men on decoy operation along Ogudu/Alapere Expressway on Saturday, January 9, 2021, arrested two (2) suspected traffic robbers.
The suspects, a 52 years-old man, Dada Owolabi and 25 years-old Kolawole Olawoye were arrested at different locations around 10:00pm and are presently assisting the police to apprehend other fleeing members of their gangs.
The Police Chief in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered that the suspects be transferred to State CID Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation.