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Taskforce Convicts 159 Traffic Offenders In Lagos State.

The Lagos State Mobile Courts sitting across the State has convicted 159 arrested road traffic offenders in the last seven days and also about  9 vehicles have been impounded for driving against traffic (one-way).

According to the figures reeled out to the press by the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of the Agency, Adebayo Taofiq, the traffic offenders include 115 private car owners/drivers, 30 commercial buses, 10 tricycles and 4 motorcycles convicted for plying restricted routes and causing obstruction on major highways across the State while the 9 impounded vehicles includes 5 private cars, 2 commercial buses, one tricycle and one motorcycle.

“5 mobile courts magistrates who presided over charges and convicted these arrested traffic offenders were Magistrate Nurudeen Layeni, Magistrate Patrick Nwaka, Magistrate Lekan Aka-Bashorun, Magistrate Lateef Owolabi and Magistrate Tosin Ojuromi.

“While 9 impounded vehicles were convicted to have contravened Section 7 (b) of the Lagos State Traffic Laws of 2012 by driving against upcoming vehicles (one-way) other 159 traffic offenders were all convicted to have contravened Scheduled (1) item 45 and Scheduled (1) item 32 of same law by causing traffic obstructions, parking and picking of passengers at illegal parks, illegal parking on kerbs/walkways etc”, he said.

According to him, one of the convicted traffic offenders, Mr Fatai Garuba who owns a Lexus Jeep (KRD 505 CX) after paying a fine of N10, 000 to the government said that he was ignorant of the Law that says parking of a vehicle on kerb/walkways is an offence in the State.

While another convicted commercial driver Mr Ganiyu Isiaka (AKD 930 BL) whose Volkwagen bus was among those impounded vehicles said it was the greatest mistake in his life to have driven against oncoming vehicles (one-way).

Isiaka who further said it was the devil that convinced him however pleaded for forgiveness as a first offender according to the law.

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