The Lagos State Government in conjunction with the Lagos State Task Force is about to destroy 4,477 motorcycles, popularly called okada, impounded from traffic offenders.
Over 4,000 motorcycles seized in June-October are unclaimed
This was disclosed by the task force chairman, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi. According to him, the motorcycles were withheld from riders who violated traffic rules of the state, starting from June 2019 to this day. He pointed out that the total number of motorcycles seized was more but some had been reclaimed by their owners after paying outlined fines, and that the unclaimed vehicles were secured in the Task Force’s premises situated in Oshodi.
All these bikes will be destroyed if their owners don't come to claim them
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Unclaimed vehicles after 6 months will be destroyed
Egbeyemi disclosed that the state government would seek a court order to get rid of the unclaimed vehicles after a period of six months, to pass a strong message to other defaulters. He further revealed that the motorcycles were usually crushed and sold in bits as scrap. However, selling them as scrap would no longer be the case as the governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu wanted them to be totally destroyed.
Addressing the fate of motorcycles impounded from corporate institutions, the chairman said the same fate awaited them. He explained that this was because they were arrested in the first place for flouting traffic regulations, and no one was above the law. The state had planned to take them to court, but some of them absconded. He suspected that some of the offenders abandoned their motorcycles due to fear of going to jail.
“Some of the motorcyclists came and the court issued them fine, while the others are usually afraid to come because one of the penalties for driving against traffic (one way) is an option of one-year imprisonment and they are scared of going to jail.”
In conclusion, Egbeyemi advised Lagos residents to obey traffic regulations, and reiterated that no one was bigger than the law.
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