Traffic Offence: Lagos Taskforce Arrests 10 For Assault, Seizes 96 Bikes, Four Cars

Some suspects arrested by the Lagos Taskforce team over an attack on its personnel on December 22, 2020.

 

Ten persons have been arrested over an attack on officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Taskforce) during enforcement of the state’s traffic laws.

The suspects were picked up in the commotion that broke out on Tuesday in the Ojodu and Obanikoro areas of the state during enforcement carried out by the taskforce in several parts of Lagos.

No fewer than 96 commercial motorcycles operating on highways and in other restricted routes in the metropolis were impounded in the operation.

The Anti-One-Way team of the taskforce also arrested four motorists for driving against the traffic.

According to the state government, some hoodlums teamed up with motorcycle riders around the Ojodu Grammar School area to resist the move by the taskforce to take away bikes seized during the enforcement.

A photo showing scores of motorcycles seized by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Taskforce).

 

As the hoodlums, armed with iron rods and broken bottles approached the operatives, policemen led by the Taskforce Chairman, Shola Jejeloye, repelled the attack and dispersed them, arresting five suspects in the process.

This caused tension in the area for several minutes before normalcy returned.

At Obanikoro, commercial motorcycle riders reportedly pelted taskforce officers with stones on sighting the enforcement team.

The policemen arrested four persons said to have taken part in the attack while one other person was arrested in Ojota.

In his reaction, Jejeloye said the taskforce would not relent in its activities to restore sanity on the roads.

Policemen on enforcement duty in Lagos State.

 

He warned commercial motorcycles illegally operating on restricted routes to stop defying the government’s restriction order and limit their activities to roads they were permitted to operate.

“We are not surprised about the attack on us by some hoodlums in Obanikoro and Ojodu for carrying out the mandate given to this team by the Lagos State Government,” the taskforce chairman said.

He added, “But, this will never deter us from extending the enforcement to other areas of the states where notorious road users and okada riders have constituted a nuisance.

“We are not after the commercial motorcycles operating in areas where their activities are permitted, we are after those breaking the restriction order and motorists who flout the state’s traffic laws.”

Lagos Taskforce Tows At Least 20 Vehicles From Court Premises

 

There was a disruption of proceedings at the Federal High Court Sitting in Lagos on Tuesday when men of the Environmental Monitoring Task Force of the Lagos State Government stormed the court to tow away vehicles belonging to lawyers and litigants parked outside the court premises.

Some lawyers were making submissions and arguments before various judges of the court when the news filtered in that their cars were being towed away.

 

Most judges had to stop proceedings to allow the lawyers and litigants go out to assess the situation.

Channels Television gathered that not less than 20 cars were towed away in the exercise. Many onlookers who tried to film the exercise also had their phones seized by the men of the TaskForce.

Channel’s Television‘s cameraman was also assaulted while trying to film the exercise.

Long after the men of the TaskForce left, lawyers, litigants and court staff gathered in groups condemning the exercise.

They lamented that they only parked outside because the car park of the court is not spacious enough to accommodate the vehicles of everyone who makes use of the court on a daily basis.

They, therefore, urged the Lagos State Government to let the lawyers and litigants carry out their work in peace.

Lagos To Prosecute 12 Suspects Over Attack On Operatives

 

 

Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Agency (Taskforce) have concluded plans to prosecute 12 arrested suspects who allegedly attacked members of an enforcement team of the Agency on Tuesday, damaging four of their vehicles in the process.

Speaking about the attack which took place around the Alapere area of the state, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, stated that the enforcement team of the agency and men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) had gone to respond to a distress call that some protesters were about to burn down the Alapere Police Station over the clampdown on commercial motorcycle operators plying illegal routes as directed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu.

He explained that on getting to the scene around the Alapere Police Station, the protesters came out en mass to attack the team with stones, Iron-rod, broken bottles and cutlasses.

According to him, it was in the course of trying to restore peace and order, that the officers got injured and vehicles got damaged.

The Chairman confirmed that 38 suspects were initially arrested during the fracas, but 26 individuals were later released after a thorough screening.

He added that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has since directed that the remaining 12 suspects are immediately charged to court.

“Let me state categorically that the battle line has been drawn with these illegal motorcyclists and to warn various associations regulating their operations to immediately call them to comply with the law as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel forthwith,” he stated.

CSP Egbeyemi also revealed that the Agency had on Monday impounded 493 commercial motorcycles and arrested the riders after they were caught contravening the law by plying restricted routes around the Alapere, Ketu and Mile-2 areas.

The Agency’s driver (Ojo Tobiloba) was also said to have been severely wounded during the attack but is currently receiving treatment at the hospital.

Consequently, the Chairman reiterated the determination of the agency to ensure that all road users in the state abide by the stipulated traffic rules and regulation.

JTF Recovers Sophisticated Weapons From Benue’s Wanted Gang Leader

Illegal Weapons, Benue, JTFThe Nigerian Army has recovered a large collection of weapons from the Gbishe enclave of Benue state’s most wanted gang leader, Terwase Akwaza, in the ongoing ‘Operation Capture Ghana’. 

Items recovered include a carton full of explosives with two mini rocket launchers in addition to assorted weapons and a power bike.

The seized weapons and other military hardware and uniform, were exhibited before newsmen at the Government House by the Joint Security Taskforce, where Governor Samuel Ortom vowed to crush the Ghana-led gang.

Governor Ortom wondered why a civilian would be in possession of such high end security weapons and explosives.

He submitted that the wanted gang leader, Terwase Akwaza (also known as Ghana) must have been planning terror attacks in the state.

Army Recover Arms Among Women And Children In Kaduna

In a stunning revelation, the military has announced the discovery of assorted arms and Improvised Explosive Devices production materials in a building occupied by women and children in Kaduna State.

The Army spokesman, Brig. Gen Ibrahim Attahiru told a news conference in Abuja that the arms were discovered following intelligence report.

Brigadier Attahiru said using civilians as shield has become a major tactics applied by extremist groups to carry out their nefarious activities.

Analyst calls Ribadu, Oronsanye’s faceoff a distraction

A lawyer and public affairs analyst, George Eke on Thursday said that the disagreement between the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Petroleum Revenue Task Force, Nuhu Ribadu and Stephen Oronsanye is a ploy to distract Nigerians from the malpractices in the oil and gas industry.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Eke said the first problem with the taskforce was in the way it was constituted. He said it would have been better if the panel was constituted by President Goodluck Jonathan rather than the Petroleum Resources Minister.