Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (task force) on Monday impounded 130 commercial motorcycles operating on highways and in other restricted areas in the state.
The task force also arrested five motorists who flouted the state’s traffic regulations, including driving against the traffic and obstruction.
The recently-established Anti-Oneway and Other Traffic Offences Squad, which is now being operated under the task force, also joined in the enforcement.
The 80-man team, led by the new taskforce chairman SP Shola Jejeloye, in an early morning enforcement in Iyana Ipaja, rounded up scores of motorcyclists illegally operating on routes which the state government had designated as restricted areas for commercial motorcycles.
The enforcement team moved to Abule Egba area where drivers and commercial motorcyclists drive against traffic on the highways.
The task force said none of the motorcyclists and their passengers was injured in the operation which lasted several hours.
Speaking during the enforcement, Jejeloye said the task force would sustain the operations all-round the Yuletide period to limit the incidents of robbers using motorcycles to carry out their nefarious activities and give Lagosians opportunity to move freely in the festive season.
He said: “This State-wide operation will be dawn to dusk from today (Monday) till the end of festive season. We are not out to destroy anybody’s means of livelihood, and Okada riders operating in approved areas need not to fear. We will not relent on our resolve to restore orderliness back on our roads and reduce the incidents of criminals using motorcycles to rob people on the highways.”
Other areas where the task force carried out the enforcement included Fagba Road, Isolo, Ojota, and Oba Akran Road.