Lagos CP Deploys Police Personnel To Ease Traffic

Lagos CP Deploys Police Personnel To Ease Traffic
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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, has ordered the deployment of police personnel to join in the efforts to ensure free-flow of traffic across the state.

This followed the worsened situation of traffic in some parts of the state, due to increase in social activities owing to the yuletide season and construction works being carried out by the state government.

The Commissioner’s directive was, however, contained in a statement issued on Monday by the Public Relations Officer of the State Police Command, Chike Oti.

Edgal ordered that immediate steps should be taken to ameliorate the traffic situation to ensure seamless connectivity across the state.

“The Lagos State Police Command, as part of its enlightenment obligation to the good people of Lagos State, wishes to inform the general public that due to the upbeat in social activities in and around Lagos State this yuletide season, which has resulted to a corresponding increase in vehicular traffic, in addition to the construction works being carried out by the state government at various parts of the state, traffic gridlocks has become a direct consequence of these developments in some parts of the city.

“However, the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Edgal Imohimi, as part of measures to ameliorate the situation has directed that a sizable chunk of police workforce in the Command be deployed to ease the traffic in the city of commerce,” the statement read in part.

The Police Commissioner has also directed the State Traffic Officer to collaborate with the management of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to achieve the objective.

He wished residents of the state a happy yuletide season and assured them of their security during and beyond the celebration.

Edgal further asked the people to report any suspicious activities or persons around them to law the enforcement agents.

Lagos Govt Arraigns Eight For Driving Against Traffic

Lagos Govt Arraigns Eight For Driving Against Traffic

The Lagos State Government has arraigned eight persons for violating traffic laws, as part of efforts to ensure sanity on roads across the state.

The defendants were arrested by men of the Lagos State Task Force for driving against traffic and obstructing other road users.

They were brought before Magistrate Amos Olajuwon of the State’s Special Offences Mobile Court on Thursday.

The offence was said to be contrary to the provisions of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law of Lagos 2012.

While seven of them pleaded not guilty, one pleaded guilty and the court ordered that his vehicle be forfeited to the state government.

The Mobile Court consequently fixed December 7 for the trial of the others.

Head of Public Affairs Unit, Lagos State Task Force, Mr Adebayo Taofiq, told Channels Television that the court’s ruling would serve as a deterrent to others.

“What the Lagos State Government has demonstrated is just to enlighten members of the public and let them know that the government is very serious with the enforcement of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law of 2012, particularly that of the section that goes against driving against traffic in the state,” he said.

Mr Taofiq, who said the defendants were picked up along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway on Wednesday, added that there have been series of complaints about motorists driving against traffic along the highway.

He, however, warned that the task force would stop at nothing to impound vehicles found either driving against traffic or flouting any traffic rule in the state.

The task force, made up of personnel of the police and other paramilitary agencies, was set up in 1999 to enforce environmental and traffic rules in the state.

Ghastly Motor Accident Leaves 6 Dead On Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Berger accidentA ghastly motor accident which occurred along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, on Friday morning, led to the death of at least 6 individuals.

The accident was reportedly caused by a collision between a moving truck and a faulty truck, which was parked on the expressway. Other vehicles involved in the accident were badly damaged.

One of the vehicles involved was a “mini-truck carrying labour hands to a building site”, an eyewitness said.

One female survivor, who was pulled out from under a truck, was rushed to a hospital near 7up, and then to the Gbagada General hospital for further treatment.

Motorists were trapped in a traffic jam as all vehicles involved in the accident had caused a complete blockage on the road.

Security agencies including the FRSC, Nigeria Police, Army had stormed the area to salvage the situation.

Channels Television’s correspondent, Nneota Egbe, who was at the scene of the accident said that many eyewitnesses had been in shock. He also reported that there had been about two other accidents on the same road, which were largely caused by impatience.

Questions concerning lighting on the expressway have been raised, following the accident which happened in the early hours of the morning.

Also, authorities have been called to ensure the road worthiness of vehicles in order to avert such occurrences.

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Fashola plans to ban us completely, he hates us – Okada union leader

The Chairman of the All Auto bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association of Nigeria (ANACOWA), Aliyu Wamba, on Tuesday said the restriction of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada from some routes in Lagos is a ploy by the State government to out rightly ban that means of transportation.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s morning programme, Sunrise, Mr Wamba said one of the state government requirements for any okada plying designated route is that the motorcycle engine capacity must not be below 200cc.

“If they use the word ‘ban’, it would sound very ugly to the hearing of the masses, the truth is that they have ban okada in Lagos” Mr Wamba said.

When corrected by a host of the programme that the state government only prohibited okada riders from plying 475 routes, the union leader requested permission to elaborate a salient point in the new traffic law.

He said: “there is another clause that says if your motorcycle is below 200cc, you are prohibited from the other routes in Lagos. So which other routes can okadas ply?”

Mr Wamba said all the engine capacity of all the motorcycles in Lagos is below 200cc.

The union leader said the government is taking the steps to ban commercial motorcycles in Lagos because “they hate okada riders”.
The government however insisted that the new law is to bring sanity on the road.

The law prohibits okada riders from carrying pregnant women, school-children or women with children. It also prohibits the riders from carrying more than one passenger and from riding against traffic or riding on the kerb, median or road set- backs.

Furthermore the commercial motorcyclists are prohibited from plying major roads in Lagos including Herbert Macaulay Way, Nurudeen Olowopopo Road, Agidingbi Road, Adeola Odeku, Ajose Adeogun, Allen Avenue, Opebi, Isaac John, Mobolaji Johnson Way, Oduduwa Way, among others.

Commissioner explains new Lagos traffic law

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye on Tuesday gave a detailed explanation to the reasons why the government drafted the new law regulating traffic in the city.

Mr Ipaye, who was speaking as a guest in Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that before the law was enacted, the chaotic traffic situation in Lagos posed a threat to people’s health, careers and family life.

Fashola bans trailers from Lagos road during day time

The Lagos State governor, Babatunde Fashola on Thursday signed into law the bill restricting the movement of trailers on Lagos road between the hours of 6am and 9pm.

The governor assented to the Lagos State Road Traffic Bill at a ceremony attended by members of the executive council, top officials of the police force and other traffic management agencies in the state.

Mr Fashola said the new law was a holistic review of the state’s Traffic Law of 2003, adding that it was designed to ensure safety on the roads.

He said that the growth of Lagos into a mega city with large migration into the state had resulted in traffic congestion, saying that the new law was one of government`s strategies to manage the situation.

“This new law is also the state government`s intervention to the alarming statistics of road accidents, especially those caused by reckless driving and activities of commercial motorcyclists.”

“From records at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), 722 accidents were reported, comprising 568 males and 154 females between January and July this year.”

“At our Toll Gate Trauma Centre, 254 accidents, which resulted in 35 deaths, were recorded during the same period. Fifty per cent of the cases were caused by okada riders, 27 per cent of the victims were passengers and 23 per cent pedestrians.”

“These are alarming figures and we cannot afford to allow this to continue, hence our intervention with this law,” he said.

Mr Fashola said that the real objective of the new law was to improve the traffic situation in Lagos and not to arbitrarily send people to jail. He enjoined road users to voluntary comply with the law.

The governor vowed that his government would strictly implement the law, assuring that offenders would be given fair hearing and would be accorded the right to defend themselves during prosecution.

Life expectancy

The Attorney General and Lagos State Commission of Justice Ade Ipaye said the law sought to promote the life expectancy of residents as it would significantly reduce congestion on the roads.

Mr Ipaye said that the law would address the safety and security issues associated with operations of commercial motorcyclists and illegal use of vehicles in the state.

He said the law would not be implemented immediately, adding that a lot of public enlightenment would be carried out while copies distributed to residents.

The Law

The new law spells out what constitutes traffic offences in Lagos State, as well as the penalty each attracted.

According to the law, trailers, with the exemption of fuel tankers and long passenger trucks are now prohibited from entering into or travelling within the metropolis from 6 am to 9pm.

Violators risk impoundment of their vehicles and payment of N50, 000 fine or six months imprisonment.

Another salient provision of the law is the prohibition of eating, counting money, making phone calls and engaging in other dangerous activities while driving, prescribing a fine of N30,000 for violators.

Other highlights included the ban on operations of commercial motorcycles and tricycles on major bridges, Ikorodu Road, Funsho Williams Avenue, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos-Badagry Expressway and Lekki-Epe Expressway.

It also compelled commercial bus drivers and their conductors to wear identification tags while property owners are also compelled to report cases of abandoned vehicles in their vicinity or risk punishment.

Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) are empowered to administer breathalyzers on drivers to detect their drunkenness while owners of commercial vehicles are compelled to obtain operating licenses from government.