Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Agency (Taskforce) is to prosecute 12 suspects arrested for attacking members its enforcement team Monday and damaging four vehicles in the process.
Speaking on the attack, which took place at Alapere, Chairman of the Agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Chief Superintendent of Police said the enforcement team and men of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) responded to a distressed call that some protesters were about to burn down Alapere Police Station over the clampdown on commercial motorcycle operators plying illegal routes.
He explained in a statement that on getting to the scene around Alapere Police Station, the protesters came out en mass to attack the Agency’s enforcement team with stones, iron-rod, broken bottles and cutlasses, adding that it was in the course of restoring peace and order in the area that the officers were injured and vehicles damaged.
The Chairman confirmed that 38 suspects were initially arrested during the fracas, but 26 individuals were later released after screening, adding that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has since directed that the remaining 12 suspects be immediately charged to court.
Egbeyemi said, “Let me state categorically that the battle line has been drawn with these commercial motorcyclists and to warn various associations regulating their operations to immediately call them to comply with the law as the government would no longer tolerate the slightest attack on any enforcement personnel forthwith,” he stated.
He also revealed that the Agency had impounded 493 commercial motorcycles and riders arrested after they were caught contravening the law by plying restricted routes around Alapere, Ketu and Mile-2 area of the State by the operatives of the Agency with the support of men of the RRS on Monday.
While informing that the Agency’s driver, Ojo Tobiloba who was severely wounded during that attack at Ketu is presently receiving treatment at the hospital, the Chairman reiterated the determination of the Agency to ensure that all road users in the state abide by the stipulated traffic rules and regulation.