*to prosecute 72 riders
By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force with officials of the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on Tuesday impounded 196 motorcycles to prosecute 72 arrested riders at Lagos Mobile Court, Oshodi, Lagos
The enforcement operations was jointly carried out based on series of complaints from innocent members of the public on criminal activities perpetuated by these motorcycle riders/operators around 2nd Rainbow, Festac and Mile 2 areas.
Investigation conducted by the revealed that activities of these motorcycle riders/operators were on the increased as they terrorised innocent members of the public both day and night by dispossesing them of their valuables such as phone, jewelleries and bags.
The investigation further revealed that these motorcycle riders /operators around these areas were responsible for series of attacked on vehicles owners/drivers whenever there is traffic at night around Mile 2 bridge towards Festac.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force SP Olayinka Egbeyem in a release made available to newsmen,i advised motorcycle riders/operators to properly screened out criminals amongst their members and educate others to stop plying any of the restricted 475 routes which includes highways and bridges across the State.
According to the release signed by the agency’s image maker Adebayo Taofeek, Egbeyemi enjoined private powerbike (200cc above) owners/operators particularly corporate bodies to warn thier despatched riders to stop engaging in illegal commercial activities, saying any one caught violationg any sectiion of the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 would be prosecuted.
SP Egbeyemi however confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Egal Imohimi has directed that all those arrested during the operations be immediately charge to court for prosecutions.
A resident who simply identified himself as Engr. Damilola Okanlawon said majority of these motorcycle riders plying restricted routes “could hardly speak and do not even understand simple english”
He confirmed that many of them were from neighboring countries who migrated to Lagos without any legitimate means of livelihood other than using motorcycle to commit crime.