By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
As over 1000 policemen intensify traffic management in Lagos, the State Environmental and Special Offences Agency (Taskforce), has also been issued fresh directives by the newly appointed Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.
The directives from the State police boss was for the Taskforce to immediately complement the activities of the deployed officers with the enforcement of environmental and traffic laws of the state.
Odumosu’s directives came barely days after other State-owned law enforcement agencies in Lagos accepted to collaborate with the Police Command in restoring sanity on roads in the state.
The Police boss directives, according to Chairman of the Agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, was to clampdown on all violators of the State environmental laws, especially those impeding the free flow of traffic across the State.
He stressed that the directive also empowered the Agency to clear all illegal traders, abandoned vehicles, roadside mechanics, miscreants, Okada and other activities constituting environmental nuisance across the State.
Egbeyemi disclosed that the enforcement commenced over the weekend with the removal of illegal traders, Vulganizers, illegal beer parlour, block moulders, Okada riders, abandoned/accident vehicles and illegal tricycle operators in Ikeja GRA, Mopol 20 Barracks and Lagos Police Command.
The Taskforce boss explained that the directive became imperative as a way of sanitising the environment and ensuring the free flow of traffic for all road users especially during the yuletide session which the state often experience a high inflow of vehicles.
He noted that with many ongoing road rehabilitation projects across the state, there was an urgent need to create a free flow of traffic for motorists by clearing all obstructions on Lagos roads.
Egbeyemi, in a statement signed by Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq, on Sunday, stated that over 16 areas have been identified by Taskforce for further enforcement which would be carried out in collaboration with personnel from Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) and the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps.
According to him, the areas are Igando, Ikorodu, Ajah, Mile 2, Obalende, Oyingbo, Dopemu, Iyana-Ipaja, Agege, Ojota, Idimu, Yaba, Ikate-Elegushi, Apple Junction (Festac), Bogije area and Mushin.
The Chairman, therefore, implored all illegal traders, road side mechanics, Iron benders and owners of abandoned vehicles particularly those ones around Police Stations to vacate immediately as anyone caught during the enforcement would be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.
He commended the new Commissioner of Police on his directive to all Divisional Police Officers to support the Agency’s clampdown on illegal commercial motorcycle operators, especially those plying restricted routes including highways and bridges across the State.