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Rain of bullets at Toyota as Task Force impounds commercial motorcycles

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It was rain of bullets for about an hour, when operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation stormed Toyota bus stop on Oshodi-Apapa expressway yesterday to impound commercial motorcycles plying the highway.

Traders, customers, passersby and employees of nearby companies including The Guardian, Olam Nigeria, Daily Needs, Toyota Nigeria and other organisations scampered for safety, as bullets flew freely in the air.

The Guardian gathered that a series of complaints had been sent to the agency on activities of the motorcycle operators, which had become alarming.

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Prior to the clampdown, the riders had turned both sides of the expressway into parks, hailing passengers from the popular Ladipo Auto Spare Parts Market to and from Mile 2, Ikotun-Egbe, Isolo, Ejigbo and other destinations.

Efforts to get the team to speak with our reporter proved abortive, as they only said, “I don’t have authority to talk you, please channel your inquires to our boss”.

The agency chairman, Shola Jejeloye, had issued several warnings to motorcycle riders to desist from operating on restricted routes, particularly the highways and bridges across the state, to no avail. Though there was no known casualty as at the time of this report, no fewer than 50 motorcycles were seized. Some petty traders around the popular bus stop had their wares destroyed.

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