By Monsur Olowoopejoi
COMMISSIONER of Police in Lagos state, Mr. Yakub Alkali on Wednesday disclosed that the state police command has impounded 607 motorcycles and arrested 447 deviant riders who violated the state traffic rules and regulations in the last one week.
Earlier, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of Lagos last month declared the state readiness to apply the state traffic rules and regulation.
Speaking to journalists at the state house shortly after the state security meeting, CP Alkali said that the command was able to make the huge arrests owing the strict enforcement of traffic laws. He said enforcing the traffic laws would help reduce crime and criminality in the state. “The enforcement was strengthened to enhance traffic management in the state and to also create a more conducive environment for law abiding residents of the state.
What we are doing now is that we have commenced operation ahead of the ember month which has been visited by a lot unacceptable conduct by some persons think they can break the laws at all times. We therefore appeal to members of the public to always assist us with useful information that can help us to realise the objectives of the operation” he added.
The rules compels motorcycle operators to wear crash helmet while riding, banned motorcycle operators from riding against the traffic, express way and plying the streets of Lagos beyond 10pm.
On why the security meeting was rescheduled, Alkali said, “Formally, the meeting was scheduled for once in a month but because we want to give residents of Lagos a more conducive environment where they can do their business without any hitch, we decided to reschedule the meeting to a weekly affair. And the meeting will not stop until we are able to get the confidence of Lagosians.”
Alkali urged residents to be law abiding all the times, saying the police command had outlined concrete security measures to make the state more habitable for them.