Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) on Friday ,May 21,2021 impounded ten (10) vehicles on Muritala Mohammed International Airport Road for driving against traffic just as it vowed to forthwith commence the arrest and prosecution of drivers of vehicles impounded for plying one way in addition to the forfeiture of such vehicles.
The Chairman of the Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye was leading his team on a routine enforcement of traffic law in the metropolis on the 21st of May evening when he ran into some of the vehicles driving against traffic on Airport Road.
Expressing surprise at the unending attitude of some motorists who drives against the traffic, he stopped at the spot and was able to impound ten (10) lawless vehicles.
In view of the impound and auction policy of the State Government, Jejeloye noted that, “forthwith, Taskforce would start prosecuting drivers of vehicles impounded for one way”.
The LASG Taskforce chairman maintained that it is appalling that despite the seizure of vehicles and auctioning them after obtaining court order, a lot of motorists still drive against traffic, stressing that the agency would implement the Traffic Law on driving against the traffic completely.
Jejeloye noted that it has become necessary to forthwith begin the arrest and prosecution of drivers of vehicles impounded for driving against traffic because of the unyielding stance of many motorists still caught in the act.
He added that Lagos State Law provided for a year imprisonment for driver of vehicle impounded for one way as well as forfeiture of such vehicle.
“It is disturbing that you still find many highly enlightened motorists driving against traffic just like the uneducated ones,” Jejeloye stated.
The Taskforce boss noted that the agency would step up efforts to ensure that perpetrators are made to face justice, adding that, no one would be spared in enforcing the law forthwith.
The make and registration of the ten (10) impounded vehicles are: Sinotruck (LND 26 XW), Toyota Corolla (BDG 935 FY), A – Zebra (AGL 18 AH), Ford Limited (PF 3622 SPY), Toyota Matrix (KSF 15 DS), Highlander (LSD 01 GR), Toyota Hiace (GGE 506 XZ), Mini Bus (BDG 484 TC), Toyota Hilux (KJA 392 XT) and Toyota Hilux (AAA 987 ET).
It would be recalled that Lagos State Traffic Law stipulates forfeiture of vehicle for driving against traffic along with a year imprisonment for a first offender; three years imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle to the State and capturing of data and biometrics for 2nd and subsequent offenders.