By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State Government, through the State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences Unit, is set to auction 108 vehicles impounded over various traffic offences to interested members of the public on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3rd and 4th respectively.
Chairman of the agency, Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP, Olayinka Egbeyemi on Sunday, disclosed that the vehicles to be auctioned by the government include: 86 court forfeited and 22 abandoned vehicles after they had been impounded by the enforcement team of the agency in different parts of the state for driving against traffic (one-way) and committing other traffic offences.
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Egbeyemi also stated that the public auction is scheduled to take place at the agency’s car park, Ikorodu, Lagos.
According to him, “It was after the expiration of the 30 days public notice issued by the Agency in line with the dictates of the law to all owners of the 22 abandoned vehicles to claim them that the government obtained the court order to auctioned them to interested members of the public”
“Let me commend the present administration for the on-going massive roads rehabilitation going on simultaneously across the State and to state clearly that motorists both private and commercial bus drivers should desist from driving against traffic (one-way) or causing traffic obstructions to other roads users with”.
While reiterating the state government’s zero-tolerance for the violation of the law under any guise, the Chairman maintained that the agency would continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity is restored on roads and law-abiding citizens are allowed to commute without being impeded by unlawful individuals.
Meanwhile, the enforcement team of the agency led by the Chairman over the weekend cleared all illegal trucks and abandoned vehicles causing traffic gridlock at ‘Guinness’ Ikeja / Ogba axis in line with the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu.
Egbeyemi commended the new Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP, for his pro-activeness in enforcing both the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws and the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018.