The Lagos State Task Force has disclosed the prosecution of 21 commercial motorcycle riders while 146 bikes were impounded at 2nd Rainbow area along Mile 2, Lagos.
Making the disclosure on Tuesday in a statement, the Chairman of the Agency, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi said 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 perpetuated by these motorcycle riders/operators around Mile 2, Orile-Iganmu and Coker Aguda Area.
SP Egbeyemi further explained that the activities of these motorcycle riders/operators were on the increased as they terrorized innocent members of the public both day and night and dispossessed them of their valuables such as phone, jewelleries and bags.
The chairman, however, 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 includes highways and bridges across the state.
The Chairman enjoined private powerbike (200cc above) owners/operators particularly corporate bodies to warn thier dispatched riders to stop engaging in commercial activities as any one caught violationg any sections of the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 would be prosecuted.
The Head, Public Affairs Unit of the task force, Adebayo Taofiq pointed out that after the operations, they sufficiently briefed the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who directed that all those arrested be charged to court for prosecutions.
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Meanwhile, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court sitting at Oshodi on Tuesday ruled on the forfeiture of impounded 146 motorcycles to government and subsequently sentenced 21 arrested riders/operators to two weeks imprisonment with N5,000 as an options of fine.
Prosecuting Counsel Barrister Adedoyin Odukoya disclosed that 21 arrested motorcycle riders/operators were convicted after they all pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the two counts charge levied against them.
National Daily gathered that the accused persons were charged against 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.