Lagos Taskforce Nabs 3 “LG” Staff Over Extortion Of Motorists

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By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) have apprehended three suspects for alleged impersonation as  Local Government Traffic officers and extortion of motorists.
Identified as Samuel Oyegbule, 52, Olayiwola Thomas, 53, and Kola Taiwo, 47, the suspects were alleged to have committed the offence in Oshodi area of the state. The suspects, who claimed to be working with Oshodi – Isolo Local Government, Oshodi were arrested Wednesday afternoon on the orders of the Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, CSP Shola Jejeloye after receiving complaints from some of their victims.
According to a release Femi Moliki, Head Public Affairs Unit if the Agency, ” The suspects had yesterday extorted N25,000:00 from one of their victims for obstruction. 
Another victim equally alleged he was extorted of the same amount the previous day. According to the first victim who does not want his name mentioned in the press, ‘they walked up to my vehicle while waiting for traffic light in Oyetayo Street. They knocked on my side glass and I wound down to listen to them. They said I have committed a traffic offence and I was forced to Oshodi – Isolo Local Government Secretariat, Oshodi, where I was made to cough up N25,000 as fine”. The second victim, a bolt driver, said “I was arrested for dropping my client in front of his house in the inner street of Oshodi. It wasn’t a major road or expressway or where there are bus stops. They refused to listen to my explanation. They fined me N25,000. The victims alleged that the suspects select vehicles they know can pay their charges before arresting them in trumped charges and forcing them to Local Government headquarters to make payment. “They also brought into the same place several other vehicles arrested in the same manner like mine and they were made to pay as well as. Some of them were made to pay a higher amount”, one of the victims added. Warning other touts and persons who illegally issue tickets to motorists on public roads and streets, CSP Jejeloye noted that Taskforce would continue with the arrest of miscreants posing as council officials to extort road users. “I have received a lot of complaints and we have taken time to analyse them. We have made our findings too. Lagos State Government would not tolerate such excesses”, he added. 

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