By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE Lagos
The new chairman of Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) CSP Shola Jejeloye has emphasised that the task of the Agency is to enforce rules and regulations, sounding a note of warning that enforcement is not friendly.
He therefore urged members of the public to be law abiding and desist from flouting rules and regulations in order to avoid the wrath of the Agency.
Jejeloye, who was emphatic about the activities of commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as “Okada riders” flouting traffic rules, said the Agency has impounded no fewer than 300 motorbikes plying restricted routes since his assumption of office.
” There is no week I will not remove 100 bikes from the streets, enforcement is not friendly. In Yaba alone, we impounded about 70 Okadas today. We are not going to relent until we restore sanity on our roads”, he warned.
He also urged members of the public to assist the agency in tracking fake operatives that extort them, thereby smearing the image of the Agency.
Jejeloye, who spoke during an interactive session with journalists, lamented that the activities of fake persons parading themselves as officials of the Agency had dented its image.
He therefore implored the public to report misconduct of genuine and fake operatives to the agency for necessary disciplinary action.
Jejeloye, who however noted certain shaddy deals by some civilian staff attached to the Agency, vowed that anyone caught henceforth in the act will be prosecuted accordingly and thrown out.
According to him, several measures have been put in place to distinguished between fake and genuine perssonel of the agency.
The Taskforce boss disclosed that operatives of the agency do not operate with commercial or private vehicles, adding that any one who parades self as operative of the agency while operating in commercial or private vehicle should be regarded as fake and be reported immediately to the agency for necessary action.
” Use must have been aware of a report on the social media that a car was allegedly impounded by our operatives with T4 bus.Let me state categorically that we have not empowered any of our operatives to impound Okada or vehicles with any vehicle that is not branded with our logo, we don’t use T4 as alleged. Whenever or wherever you notice anybody arresting commercial buses drivers or Okada with T4, please call us and we will storm the place immediately. We have put in place a quick response mechanism to address that”, Jejeloye hinted.
On the misconduct by civilian staff, Jejeloye said they have been relectured on the dos and donts of the Agency, adding that they will begin to wear new look for proper identification.
His words” Just last week, I lectured them for three days on the dos and donts of the Agency. On no account should they bear stick or arms during operations. We are going to give them new uniforms and we are going to be changing it every three months and it will carry individual numbers for proper identification. I told them that the only time they are our staff is when you wear our jacket”.
Speaking further, the Taskforce chairman assured that the agency has resolved to work on the public perception of its image in order to earn the confidence of members of the public.
He however lamented that an average Nigeria does not see policemen as human beings and doesn’t accord them the respect they deserve.