The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force today impounded 146 motorcycles and arrested 21 riders at 2nd Rainbow area along Mile 2, Lagos.
The Chairman of the Agency SP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed that today’s enforcement operations were carried out based on series of complaints to his office by innocent members of the public on criminal activities perpetrated by these motorcycle riders/operators around Mile 2, Orile-Iganmu and Coker Aguda Area.
SP Egbeyemi disclosed further that activities of these motorcycle riders/operators were on the increased as they terrorised innocent members of the public both day and night by dispossessing them of their valuables such as phone, pieces of jewellery and bags.
SP Egbeyemi advised motorcycle riders/operators to properly screened out criminals amongst their membership and educate others to stop plying any of the restricted 475 routes which include highways and bridges across the State.
The Chairman enjoined private power bike (200cc above) owners/operators particularly corporate bodies to warn their dispatched riders to stop engaging in commercial as any one caught violating any sections of the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 would be prosecuted.
He, however, confirmed that after the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr Fatai Owoseni was well briefed about the enforcement operations, he directed that all those arrested be charged to court for prosecutions.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court sitting at Oshodi today forfeited impounded 146 motorcycles to government and subsequently sentenced 21 arrested riders/operators to 2 weeks imprisonment with N5,000 as an option of fine to a jail term.
Prosecuting Counsel Barrister Adedoyin Odukoya disclosed that 21 arrested motorcycle riders/operators were convicted after they all pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the 2 counts charge levied against them.
He disclosed further that the two counts charge are Driving/Riding Motorcycles on restricted routes contrary to Scheduled (1) item (22) of the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 and ‘Conducts likely to cause Breach of Peace’ contrary to Section 166 Sub. (1) (d) of Lagos State Criminal Laws of 2011.