Lagos Taskforce Seizes 150 Commercial Motorcycles, Arrests 10 For Violating Ban

By Damilare Adeleye

At least, 150 commercial motorcycles have been impounded by the Lagos State Environmental Enforcement and Special Offences Unit over violation of the state traffic laws.

The operatives of the taskforce also apprehended and prosecuted 10 persons, including motorcyclists and passengers, for plying the restricted Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor.

CSP Shola Jejeloye, the chairman of the team, made this known at his office in Bolade, Oshodi, after a weeklong operation carried out in areas like Ogba, Apapa, Tradefair, Elemoro, Ojodu and environs.

He said the 10 people arrested were sentenced to three months in Badagry Correctional Centre with an option of N50,000 fine.

“It has come to our notice through our discreet investigations and also via feedback from members of the public that okada riders have aggressively been returning to the streets to operate.

“It is quite unfortunate because we will ensure that any okada caught operating will be impounded and crushed. Passengers and riders who are also caught will be charged in court as well,” Jejeloye said.

Similarly, Jejeloye who said the agency had made considerable progress in dislodging land grabbers in the state, vowed to go after any unscrupulous element still involved in the practice.

He urged residents to report suspicious or criminal activities within their localities to the nearest police station or through the various online media channels of the agency.