Succor has come the way of Ilupeju, Mushin, Ikorodu and other Mainland residents who have suffered a whole lot in the hands of council traffic officers who had on different occasions, arrested them for various illegal offences under the guise of traffic management in the State.
This development is as a result of the ban on council traffic units by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. The council officers have been banned from controlling or engaging in traffic duties in any part of the State.
Ambode made this disclosure through the acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, who spoke to pressmen in Alausa, Ikeja. According to him, there had been complaints in recent times about the role of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) officials in traffic enforcement in the State.
In his words, “indeed, there are traffic units in all the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. However, this is not a responsibility for the third tier of government. We have reported instances of illegal arrest, extortion and general impunity on the part of the local government operatives.”
You would recall that InsideMainland had earlier reported the dubious case of some traffic and revenue officers attached to the Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye who often times deceive road users to collect revenue. These officers exploit unsuspecting victims are evident on Town Planning way, Ilupeju, at different hours of the day.
Similarly, residents and other motorists who ply the Regina Mundi axis of Mushin have regularly decried the manner in which council officials fleece motorists in the axis.
Speaking further on the new development, the Commissioner said, “it is then appropriate to disband all the units and outfits parading as local government traffic units. This has been communicated to all these agencies. For the avoidance of doubt, officials of the ministry will start monitoring and any infraction will be dealt with in full compliance with the law.”
While explaining the approved officials saddled with traffic duties in the State, the Commissioner said, “let me also reiterate that only the Nigerian police, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Taskforce on Special Offences and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) can perform traffic duties.”
Consequently, Ambode has ordered the immediate cancellation off all official number plates currently in use due to the increase in the gross abuse of official number plates in the state.
Furthermore, the Governor has directed the re-issuance of new official number plates to all government owned vehicles while retired staff are to forfeit same henceforth.