By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
At least, 28 commercial motorcyclists suspected to have attacked operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce during a midnight operation are to the prosecuted for the alleged offence.
They were said to be amongst the 46 suspects arrested in connection with the attack, but found to be culpable after a thorough screening, while the remaining 18 were released.
The chairman of the Agency CSP Yinka Egbeyemi while confirming the report said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu directed that the 28 be prosecuted in court.
In a release by Taofik Adebayo, Head Public Affairs made available to journalists, Egbeyemi alleged that officials of the Agency were attacked by 14 illegal commercial motorcyclists at under bridge, Oshodi area of Lagos.
The release reads, ” Officials of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enfircement) Unit (Taskforce) were attacked by 14 illegal commercial motorcyclists at under bridge, Oshodi area of Lagos.
CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, Chairman of the Agency disclosed that a distressed call was received that about 14 illegal commercial motocyclists attacked the enforcement team of the Agency and wounded a paramilitary officer (Mr. Innocent Okoro) with operational vehicles damaged.
CSP Egbeyemi disclosed further that immediately after they attacked officials of the Agency, investigation revealed that these 14 illegal motorcyclists ran into a compound at Igbehinadun Street around Oshodi and locked themselves up.
According to him “The enforcement team with the support of other officials coming from an enforcement operations at Lagos Island chased them to the compound and discovered a large number of motorcyclists and miscreants smoking Indian hemp within a residential house”
He confirmed that while some of them escaped through the fence the enforcement team arrested 46 of them including those who carried out the attack.
“Out of these 46 arrested suspects, 18 were released after a thoroughscreening and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Hakeem Odumosu directed that the remaining 28 be prosecuted in court”
While urging all motorcyclists and road users across the state to operate within the ambit of the law, the Chairman restated the determination of the Agency to ensure that all residents in the state comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Law of 2012″.