The Lagos State Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit), on Monday, supervised the auction of 83 vehicles forfeited to the state for violating the state Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018.
It was gathered that the vehicles, which were impounded in various areas of the state, were forfeited to the government on the orders of the Lagos State Special Offences Mobile Court.
Speaking at the auction held at Alausa, the Coordinator of the Lagos State Special Offences Mobile Court, Arinola Ogbara, said the process was transparent.
She said, “There is a lot of processes and transparency about the public auction. Some of the people, whose cars were seized, were told to pay a fine without their cars being forfeited based on the strength of evidence they presented at the mobile court.
“Driving against the traffic has caused a huge number of accidents and untold losses of property and human lives, and observers have agreed that it is necessary to sanitise the state of reckless drivers, who break the law with impunity.”
The Chairman of the task force, Shola Jejeloye, said the auction was not meant to punish anybody but to serve as a deterrent to residents of the state.
“I do not see what we have come to do today as an auction, but as a correction and deterrent for some Lagosians. The Lagos State Commissioner of Police has instructed us to go out there as policemen and do our best to ensure the free flow of traffic,” he stated.