By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Agency is set to prosecute the 12 suspects arrested over the attack on its personnel and vandalisation of four of its vehicles.
Our correspondent gathered that the suspects and others at large had on Tuesday attacked the operatives at Alapere area of the state while responding to a distress call and men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) to prevent protesters from setting ablaze Alapere Police Station.
Chairman of the Agency CSP Yinka Egbeyemi who confirmed the arrests, said all the suspects will be prosecuted.
He stated that the protesters were about to burn down Alapere Police Station over the clampdown on commercial motorcycle operators plying illegal routes as directed by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu.
In a press release by Adedayo Taofik, Head Public Affairs Unit, Egbeyemi explained that on getting to the scene around Alapere Police Station, the protesters came out en mass to attack the Agency’s enforcement team with stones, Iron-rod, broken bottles and cutlasses, stressing that it was in the course of restoring peace and order in the area that the officers were injured and vehicles damaged. The Chairman confirmed that 38 suspects were initially arrested during the fracas, but 26 individuals were later released after thorough screening, adding that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu has since directed that the remaining 12 suspects are immediately charged to court. “Let me state categorically that the battle line has been drawn with these illegal motorcyclists and to warn various associations regulating their operations to immediately call them to comply with the law as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel forthwith”, he stated. CSP Egbeyemi also revealed that the Agency had impounded 493 commercial motorcycles and riders arrested after hey were caught contravening the law by plying restricted routes around Alapere, Ketu and Mile-2 area of the State by the operatives of the Agency with the support of men of the RRS on Monday. While informing that the Agency’s driver (Ojo Tobiloba) who was severely wounded during that attack at Ketu is presently receiving treatment at the hospital, the Chairman reiterated the determination of the Agency to ensure that all road users in the state abide by the stipulated traffic rules and regulation.