A seven-day ultimatum has been issued by the Lagos State Police Command to owners and operators of unregistered vehicles in the state to register such vehicles to avoid prosecution.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, said in a statement on Sunday that criminal elements had devised a means of operating with unregistered vehicles to attack unsuspecting members of the public without any trace.
He stated that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had set up a special operation to clamp down on traffic law violators in a bid to restore sanity on Lagos roads.
He added that traffic violators would instantly be arraigned before the Lagos State Special Offences Mobile Court.
Elkana stated, “The Lagos State Police Command has issued a seven-day ultimatum to owners and operators of unregistered vehicles in Lagos State to register their vehicles or face the full weight of the law. Also affected are vehicles with covered or defaced number plates, vehicles with fake number plates and vehicles without number plates.
“Users of number plates with unique inscriptions like ‘Chief’, ‘Chairman’, ‘Ambassador’, ‘Baale’, ‘Iyaloja’, ‘Sarki’, or bearing personal names, among others, are required by law to register such customised number plates. Escort vehicles and bullion vans must also be registered. It is not enough to inscribe just the word: ‘Escort’ or ‘Pilot’ as it is not sufficient enough to track such vehicles. Vehicles displayed for sale in various car marts must have the dealers’ stickers conspicuously pasted for easy identification.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has set up a special operation to clamp down on violators of traffic laws and to embark on massive enforcement at the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum. The ultimatum will start from Monday, January 6, 2020, and elapsed by 11.59 pm on Sunday, January 12, 2020. The massive clampdown begins on January 13, 2020, until sanity is restored on our roads.
“This enforcement becomes necessary because criminal elements in the recent past have devised a means of operating with such vehicles to attack unsuspecting members of the public without any trace.
“A recent example was a case that occurred on Allen Avenue, Ikeja, where an operator of a Bureau De Change was attacked, robbed and murdered by a criminal gang that used an unregistered vehicle, making it difficult for detectives to track the vehicle.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 4 (1) of the Road Traffic Act, Cap 548, prohibited the use of unregistered, unlicensed and unmarked vehicles. Any person, who forges or fraudulently defaces, alters, mutilates or adds anything to a licence or identification mark, or uses on their vehicle a licence or identification mark belonging to another vehicle is guilty of an offence under Section 32 of the Act. See also the provisions of the Lagos State Traffic Law for various offences.”
In another development, the command says it has arrested 28 traffic offenders and 47 persons for indiscriminate parking in different parts of the state.
Elkana said most of those arrested were customers of different clubs and worshipers in various churches in the state, adding that the obstruction caused by the indiscriminate parking of vehicles on roads was causing gridlock on the highways and streets.
He stated, “The Lagos State Police Command has over the last few weeks arrested 75 persons and impounded 75 vehicles for driving against the traffic and indiscriminate parking in different parts of the state. Twenty-eight of the offenders were arrested for driving against the traffic, while the rest were detained for indiscriminate parking at various clubs and business premises in the state.
“Such indiscriminate parking results in significant obstruction on the highways and streets and causes gridlock. Since such clubs and business outfits have the right to run their businesses, our road users equally have the right to free flow of traffic.
“Business owners and operators of clubs and worship centres must ensure that their customers, staff, visitors and followers do no obstruct the roads where they operate for the benefits of other road users.
“The vehicles impounded included private cars, commercial vehicles, trucks, bullion vans and escort vehicles, which were driven against the traffic. The message is clear; no one is above the law. Odumosu maintained that the operation would be sustained and called on road users to obey traffic laws at all times.”
Is Godwin Emefiele, the suspended CBN Governor, a saboteur? Emma Agu asks.
I recently expressed my concerns about the arrest and subsequent detention of Godwin Emefiele, the suspended Governor of the Central Bank. It is important to note that my views on this matter are objective and unbiased.
The Department of State Services (D.S.S) has officially charged Emefiele with various offenses, including illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, criminal breach of trust, incitement to violence, criminal misappropriation of public funds, economic sabotage, economic crimes of national security significance, and undermining security.
However, despite being granted bail by the court, there were incidents where security operatives openly fought to re-arrest him. Due to my history of speaking out against our nation’s problems for many years, I refrained from writing about it as it felt futile. Speaking out on such matters exposes one to unnecessary security risks. Nevertheless, I am compelled to share a few words due to this case’s circumstances.
During former President Buhari’s first term in office, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and released on bail but later re-arrested in an attempt by the government at that time (which failed to present a solid case)to diminish his influence. The government failed hopelessly over and over again to prove a case against him as they held him indefinitely.
What the government does to Nnamdi Kanu differs significantly from my understanding of justice. Government security operatives are holding Nnamdi Kanu inhumanely. During my last visit to Abuja when his brother, wife, and lawyer paid me a visit, I was informed about Nnamdi Kanu’s inhumane conditions. While I may have had conflicts with Nnamdi Kanu before, the government has yet to prove its case against him; he should be released. Igboland needs peace. The man should be allowed back home unless the Federal Government is content with the prevailing security situation in Igboland.
People should not be detained indefinitely; they should only be charged when sufficient evidence exists for a successful prosecution. It is crucial to treat individuals as human beings regardless of their circumstances. This viewpoint would apply equally if anyone were detained for an extended period without any clear conclusion. The unnecessary chaos involving Nigerian security forces, the executive, and judiciary branches makes Nigeria look like a Banana Republic, and we can do better.
While I am not a lawyer and cannot provide legal analysis on this matter, considering the charges and the unfolding drama, this case presents significant challenges for the government in obtaining a guilty verdict. Additionally, one might question whether he would have been detained if there had been no difficulties for Nigerians in obtaining new Naira notes.
While many of my followers may believe he deserves punishment, I kindly ask you to view this matter objectively. Many people think Bola Tinubu wants to punish him because he was against his candidacy. We are watching closely. The charges against the man might arise from a personal vendetta, suggesting there is more to this situation than meets the eye. The available information accessible to the public is limited, and everyone must pay attention.
Emma Agu, alias AlahBama, writes from New York City.
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