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Lagos Police clampdown on unregistered vehicles, covered number plates, use of siren

By Amidu Arije

In a bid to wipe out crimes and criminality in Lagos state, the state’s police command has said it will go tough on unregistered vehicles and covered number plates plying the state roads.

The police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu said he has directed his operatives to go after unregistered vehicles, vehicles with covered numbers plates, fake number plates and unauthorised use of siren in the state.

In a statement made available to newsmen by the police public relations officer, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), a unit of the Lagos State Police Command, on Friday 8th January, 2021, impounded three (3) vehicles for covering their number plates and forty-three (43) motorcycles for plying prohibited routes in Alausa Business District, Ikeja.
 

Adejobi said the Commissioner of Police, Odumosu, had warned vehicle owners to desist from these acts of illegality of plying unregistered vehicles and covered number plates on the roads.

Given reason for the directives to clampdown on these kinds of vehicles and their owners towards the end of the year 2020, Odumosu said it was as a result of the intelligence gathered on the planned usage of these categories of vehicles and motorcycles for committing crimes in the state and beyond.

According to the statement, the RRS lead by its commander, CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, in compliance with the order, police operatives have been on the prowl of violators who are fond of using unregistered vehicles, covered and fake number plates, unauthorised use of siren or revolving light with many of them prosecuted and fined accordingly.
 
Odumosu, while reaffirming his zero tolerance for traffic offences and the like, ordered the Egbeyemi lead RRS to intensify efforts in impounding any vehicles or bikes found wanting in this regard. Odumosu expressed shock at the volume of vehicles violating these order in the state and motorcycles prowling Alausa Business District, which are prohibited routes for bikes.

The command also warned government workers, who encourage commercial motorcycle riders to flout the rules on prohibited routes to desist forthwith, pointing out that the squad had the directive of the Commissioner of Police to impound such bikes and prosecute both the riders and passengers.

 
The operatives of the RRS during a sting operations impounded three vehicles and 43 motorcycles.

The Commissioner of Police has however ordered that the three (3) vehicles and 43 motorcycles impounded by the RRS operatives be transferred to Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Offences without delay for prosecution.

 
In another development, the zeal of the command to curtail traffic robbery in Lagos State paid off as the RRS men on decoy operation along Ogudu/Alapere Expressway on Saturday 9th January, 2021, arrested two (2) suspected traffic robbers.

The suspects are Dada Owolabi,m, 52 and Kolawole Olawoye, m, 25. The suspects were arrested at different incidences at about 10 pm. The suspects are assisting the police to apprehend other fleeing members of their gangs.

The suspects

The police chief has ordered that the suspects be transferred to State CID Panti, Yaba, for proper investigation.
 

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