BY OLASUNKANMI AKONI AND MONSUR OLOWOOPEJO
The Lagos State Government has warned unauthourised persons who have been arresting motorists and commercial motorcyclists under the guise of enforcing the state Road Traffic Law and vandals of road signages to desist from the acts or face the wrath of the law when caught.
This came on the heels of public outcry over indiscriminate arrest of traffic law offenders and extortion by people who claimed to be law enforcement agents.
Speaking at an inter-ministerial media briefing to mark safety campaign week, Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa and his counterpart at the Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba, clarified that the state government authourised only uniformed law enforcement officers to enforce the law.
According to Opeifa; “Only Lagos State Transport Management Authority, LASTMA, officials; Vehicle Inspection Officers, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, officers; Policemen; Civil Defence Corps are those empowered to enforce the law.
“Any other person or group other than the above mentioned agen- cies are unknown to the state government and they are impostors that are not working for the state goverment.”
While alerting the public to be wary of such impostors who extort unsuspecting motorists and report same to the relevant authorities, the Commissioner, threa- tened to deal with any one caught in the act according to the law.
Meantime, the state government in collaboration with a Nollywood star organisation, Alhaji Adebayo Salami production, yesterday previewed and distributed thousands copies of docu-drama, entitled Aye Olokoda (Okada menace) during the official launch of the video album in Alausa, Ikeja.