Lagos task force nabs fake policeman, warns motorists against one-way drive
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit have busted a crime syndicate, which specialises in extorting unsuspecting members of the public and arresting Okada riders under the guise of being a security operative attached to the Task Force.
One of the suspects, Emmanuel Okoh, who operates between Ajah and Oshodi area of the state, was arrested in Mobile Police uniform with a tactical jacket at Oshodi during the agency’s raid of black spots.
The suspects are to be charged to court.
Speaking on the arrest, the Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye advised members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities around them to the agency to further fish out fake policemen parading themselves as Task Force officials.
He enjoined Lagosians to support the agency to instil discipline and achieve the state’s vision of zero tolerance for driving against traffic and other related offences.
MEANWHILE, the Task Force has asked motorists, who are in the habit of driving against traffic, to be bold and courageous enough to face the mobile court.
Jejeloye spoke in a swift reaction to an online video of one Mr. George Udeze on his Facebook page, who alleged that the Task Force impounded his White Honda Accord with registration number 03-566 DLA about seven months ago.
The Chairman said there was no iota of truth in the report of the video; stressing that the vehicle in question was impounded for driving against traffic at Allen Avenue inward Opebi Road.
He narrated that the man, having discovered that there was traffic around the area, faced on-coming vehicles and created a serious traffic bottleneck.
The Chairman further stated that all efforts by Task Force officials led by a senior police officer to persuade him for possible engagement proved abortive, adding that the offence committed attracts forfeiture of the vehicle to the State Government.
Jejeloye said: “Let me emphasise here that you don’t need to be afraid of Policemen if you are doing the right thing, after all, if your security is threatened you will still run to Police for the safety of life and property.
“Our duty is to effect the arrest of offender(s), but we do not have the power to issue fines and penalties, it is a legal issue, which has to be decided by a court of competent jurisdiction. The era of settling traffic offences (one-way) out of court is gone. If you are courageous and hard enough to drive against traffic, you must also be bold enough to face the Court for its consequences.”
He stressed that traffic bottlenecks popularly known as (Go slow and Hold-ups) are not natural, but a product of a minute recklessness and two minutes impatience on the road.