A 51-year-old, Abiodun Adeleye, has been arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Task Force for allegedly parading himself as an official of the agency.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Task Force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the notorious tout was nabbed by the enforcement team of the agency under the Mile 12 Bridge after he had allegedly illegally arrested a Toyota Camry car for obstruction and collected N3000 cash from the owner of the vehicle. He added that the agency recovered a Motorola GP 340 security walkie talkie and N3000 cash he collected from the owner of the impounded Toyota Camry car.
He said that the agency had been inundated with complaints from motorists about illegal activities of these unscrupulous elements, saying that the ban on activities of touts and local government traffic officials from controlling and enforcing traffic laws across the state was a government’s response to clarion call to curb their nefarious activities.
Egbeyemi, advised members of the public to be vigilant about activities of these touts who are now on the increased impersonating themselves as ‘Task Force officials’ extorting and harassing motorists on different routes across the state.
He reiterated that the government directive ordering touts and traffic officials of local government to vacate roads in the state and desist from controlling and enforcing traffic laws was still very much in force.
Egbeyemi, commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for supporting the agency with necessary security gadgets including security jackets which now made officers of the agency to be conspicuously identified while on official duties.
He, however, confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP, Edgal Imihimi, had directed that the arrested impersonator be immediately charged to court for prosecution.
He added that Edgal also directed the chairman Task Force to carry out enforcement operation on touts including traffic officials of Local Government claiming to be enforcing the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.
The owner of the illegally impounded Toyota Camry car Mr. Balogun Adebayo said, “The man (arrested tout) charged me N15000 for the traffic offence he claimed I had committed under Mile 12 bridge but I was able to raise N3000 he collected from me.”
The alleged impersonator, Adeleye, confessed to have collected the N3000 and that he made an average of N15000 to N30000 daily from these illegal activities around ketu and Mile 12 under bridge respectively.
He, however, appealed to the government to temper justice with mercy that he was ready to be of good character if pardoned.
Also, the enforcement team of the agency impounded 97 commercial motorcycles between Ojota to Ikorodu area.
The agency warned members of the public not to engage commercial motorcyclists on the 475 restricted routes including major highways and bridges across the state.
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