Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Task Force) said it is set to auction a total of 108 vehicles to interested members of the public having obtained a court order for their forfeiture and sale.
Chairman of the agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed this in a release made available to newsmen on Sunday, saying that the vehicles to be auctioned include 86 court forfeited and 22 abandoned vehicles.
According to him, the vehicles were those that had been impounded by the enforcement team of the agency in different parts of the state for driving against traffic (one-way) and committing other traffic offences.
Egbeyemi, in the release issued by the spokesperson of the agency, Mr Taofiq Adebayo, also stated that the public auction was scheduled to hold on Tuesday and Wednesday, 3rd and 4th of December, 2019 at the Task Force car park, in Ikorodu, Lagos.
“It was after the expiration of the 30 days public notice issued by the agency in line with the dictates of the law to all owners of the 22 abandoned vehicles to claim them that the government obtained the court order to auction them to interested members of the public.
“Let me commend the present administration for the on-going massive roads rehabilitation going on simultaneously across the state and to state clearly that motorists both private and commercial bus drivers should desist from driving against traffic (one-way) or causing traffic obstructions to other roads users with,” Egbeyemi said.
The Task Force boss, while reiterating the state government’s zero-tolerance for the violation of the law under any guise, maintained that the agency would continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity was restored on the roads and law-abiding citizens were allowed to commute without being impeded by unlawful individuals.
Under Chapter E6 Scheduled. Section 4 (1) of the Environmental Sanitation Law and the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 which specified Environmental Offences throughout the State, the Task Force is empowered to impound or take custody of any vehicles, goods, wares, articles or things found in any place that is prohibited under any of the Laws specified in the Scheduled of law.