Lagos Taskforce set to auction vehicles, awaits directives on 7350 impounded motorcycles .Adunni Adetola
The Lagos state Environmental and special Offences unit( Taskforce ) has concluded arrangements to auction vehicles of 31 traffic offenders already convicted by the court for driving against oncoming traffic as well as 22 automobile that were abandoned for over six months after months after their arrest.
The chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that owners of the impounded vehicles who abandoned their cars have contravened the Lagos state Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, stating that public notice has been issued for owners of both the court forfeited and abandoned cars to identify their vehicles at the Agency’s car parks in Ikorodu & Bolade_Oshodi.
Egbeyemi clarified that the owners of the vehicles forfeited to the government pleaded guilty before Magistrates Omobola Salawuvof the Lagos Mobile Court at Oshodi after their arrest for driving against traffic. According to Egbeyemi “At the expiration of the one verification exercise the Agency shall apply to court for an order of ‘Public Auction’ where members of the public would have opportunity to buy any of these vehicles “.
He affirmed that in addition to forfeiture of the vehicles, each traffic offender sentenced to 100 days ‘Community Service’ at any public institution. Egbeyemi also that over 7350 impounded motorcycles are presently on custody of the Agency for plying restricted routes, including highways and bridges across the states.
Lagos taskforce boss, however maintained that with the state government’s zero-tolerance for violation of the law, the Agency will continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity is restored on our roads and law- abiding citizens are allowed to commute without being impeded by unlawful individuals.
The chairman of the Agency stated that the Agency is awaiting further directives from the government in respect of the impounded motorcycles, disclosing that the motorcyclists were apprehended around Agege, Pen-cinema, Apapa, Ikorodu, Mile 2, Obalende, Oyingbo, 2nd Rainbow, Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, Ojota, Maryland, Yaba, Oshodi, Ikorodu Road, Apongbon ,Ikeja and Iyana-Ipaja.