The Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences have auctioned 44 vehicles for driving against traffic (one-way) in various parts of the state.
The auction was in accordance with the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform of 2018.
Spokesman for the Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq, told the Newsmen during the auction which held at Alausa,Ikeja that the exercise was not punitive but corrective in nature.
Taofiq stressed that the traffic offenders had earlier been charged to the Lagos State Mobile Court and the court had forfeited those vehicles to the Lagos State Government.
“The vehicles being auctioned today were apprehended and forfeited to the Lagos State Government for driving against traffic at different locations across the state.
“After the forfeiture, the law says we embark on auction but before we can embark on auction, we have to get a court order which we applied for and we were given the court order.
“After which, we made a publication informing interested members of the public, particularly owners of these vehicles to come today for the auction exercise,” he said.
“For instance, take the menace of the okada riders who use their bikes to rob victims across the state.“Should the government fold its arms and watch as the standard of the state is being reduced to zero.
Immediately after the EndSARS protest,Lagos was locked down by motorists driving against traffic,driving on BRT corridors and causing obstruction on highways,not minding security personnel on the road,” Taofiq said.
He applauded the efforts of the Chairman of the Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, in sanitising the state against traffic offenders.