Admin l Friday, September 16, 2022
LAGOS, Nigeria – The Lagos State government has auctioned 134 vehicles forfeited to the state for various traffic offences, ranging from driving on one-way to wilful obstruction of traffic across various parts of the State.
Speaking to Newsmen at the event, Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye said the vehicles were auctioned based on court order, following infractions.
“My role as a Police officer is to carry out enforcement exercises one of which is confiscation of vehicles for traffic offenses and handing them over to the mobile court for judgement. I don’t determine the fate our outcome of any vehicle brought before the magistrate in court”
Jejeloye enlightened members of the public that traffic offense is not a criminal offense thus there is need for offenders to have the boldness and confidence to face the mobile court.
“Some of the cars being auctioned here were confiscated for obstruction of traffic which only attracts a fine but some people never showed up to claim these cars that’s why they have been forfeited to the State Government after the stipulated period and then auctioned” he stated.
Also present at the event was the Coordinator of The Lagos State Special Offenses Mobile Court, Mrs Arinola Ogbara-Banjoko who described the exercise as seamless and well organised and also disclosed that all 134 vehicles on display had gone through due process of the court of law before being forfeited to the State Government for varying offenses.
CSP Jejeloye further addressed members of the public present at the auction exercise to desist from committing crime or traffic offences as no one would be spared if found wanting.
He said that enforcement exercise would continue in earnest to ensure that sanity is maintained on the roads following the ban on the activities of Okada operators across various parts of the State.