Lagos to prosecute 72 motorcyclists in Courts

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force with officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) have impounded about 196 motorcycles and would prosecute 72 arrested riders at Lagos Mobile Court.

The enforcement operations was jointly carried out following complaints from members of the public on criminal activities perpetuated by the motorcycle operators around 2nd Rainbow, Festac and Mile 2 areas of the state.

The  Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Mr. Olayinka Egbeyemi said that Investigation conducted revealed that activities of motorcycle operators were on the increased as they terrorised the public both day and night by dispossessing them of their valuables.

It was further revealed that these motorcycle operators around these areas were responsible for series of attacked on vehicles owners whenever there is traffic at night around Mile 2 bridge towards Festac.

Egbeyemi however advised motorcycle operators to properly screened out criminals amongst their members and educate others to stop plying any of the restricted 475 routes which includes highways and bridges across the State.

He enjoined private power-bike operators particularly corporate bodies to warn their despatched riders to stop engaging in illegal commercial activities as anyone caught violation any sections of the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 would be prosecuted.

The Chairman Task force confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP EDGAL IMOHIMI has directed that all those arrested during the operations be immediately charge to court for prosecutions.

A resident who simply identified himself as Mr. Damilola Okanlawon said majority of the motorcycle riders plying restricted routes do not understand the Traffic rules hence the need for further enlightenment to the public.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim