As part of efforts to sanitize the transport sector against individuals parading themselves as government enforcement Personnel, the Lagos State Government taskforce has arrested some fake enforcement personnel.
The fake enforcement personnel were apprehended at different parts of Agege area of Lagos by the Lagos State Task Force in collaboration with the Transport Operations Compliance Unit of the Ministry of Transportation for illegal enforcement operations.
According to a statement signed on Wednesday by Bolanle Ogunlola, Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the state Ministry of Transport, the fake enforcers paraded at the Ministry of Transportation are Olayinka Daniel, Shola Babarinde and Ilesanmi.
The statement stated that” the fake enforcers were reported by a motorist who claimed they had forcefully gained access to his vehicle and accused him of not having a Stage Carriage Permit. He further explained that he was asked to pay N15,500 despite having other vehicle documents.
“The fake enforcement personnel later confessed in addition to the alleged fine collected, to have been selling unauthorized Local Government Emblems to vehicle operators plying the area under the supervision of one “Mr. Tunji” who live around Oniwaya axis in Agege area”, the statement said.
In another development, some fake enforcement officials were also arrested at Ago Palace Way, Okota for illegal extortion of truck drivers. They claimed to be working for the Local Government but they were unable to provide identification upon their arrest.
Reacting to the fraudulent surge of the activities of the fake enforcers, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Engr. Abdulhafiz Toriola stated that while the culprits have been handed over to the Police, he assured that decisive actions will be taken on them in line with the Lagos State Traffic Law 2018, for tainting the name of the State Government and inflicting pains on Motorists.