Twelve persons are to face persecution after they attacked officials of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Agency, also known as Taskforce, and ruined government vehicles on Tuesday, November 26, 2019, during a protest.
Violent protests often lead to more troubles
Addressing the incident, the Taskforce Chairman, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, stated that they were informed about the activities of some persons who wanted to set the Police Station in Alapere ablaze in protest to an order by the State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, to restrict Okada riders from riding across illegal routes in the community. Officials of the Taskforce and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) swung into action to contain the situation.
On their arrival, the protesters showed up in their numbers, and attacked the joint team with various weapons including cutlasses and broken bottles. He stated that some of his men were inflicted with injuries, and their official vehicles, damaged.
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Speaking further, Egbeyemi revealed that 38 persons were arrested in connection to the attack at first. But upon thorough investigations, 26 of them who were found innocent were released. The other 12 would be charged to court as directed by the Commissioner.
Illegal Okada operations in Lagos often fosters crime
Without mincing words, Egbeyemi said that the agency would not tolerate such behaviors from defiant motorcyclists, and urged their regulating associations to call them to order. According to him, any attacks on officials of the agency would be heavily resisted.
The Taskforce boss further disclosed that 493 motorcycles had been impounded by the agency and some riders had been arrested, after they flouted the order to not operate in the restricted routes including some parts of Alapere, Mile 2 and Ketu, on Monday by a team involving men of the Taskforce and RRS.
Ojo Tobiloba, the agency’s driver, who was badly injured by the protesters in Ketu was responding to treatment at the hospital, Egbeyemi said.
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