Lagos State Environmental and Enforcement and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has reacted to reports that one of its personnel killed a driver and a conductor, describing them as “false”.
The Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye, debunked the news, explaining that the reason for the protest by commercial drivers in LASU/Iyana Iba was an attempt to escape arrest by a danfo driver.
The said driver, according to him, sighted an operative of the agency in Iyana-Ipaja, sped off and hit a broken down bus.
Jejeloye added that the broken down vehicle on impact injured a technician repairing the faulty bus. The wounded technician was taken to the hospital immediately where he was treated and discharged the same day.
He said the news about a task force personnel killing anyone was fake and it has never happened in the state before.
He stated that he has been meeting with key stakeholders in the axis to ensure that commuters are not made to go through harrowing experiences as a result of the protest.
Jejeloye, while urging the officers to remain focused and dedicated to their duties, reminded them of the primary duty of law enforcement and safety of lives and property.
He stated that the personnel must not abuse the power given to them because the government delegated so much power to them. Hence, the need for them to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
He noted that in view of the awareness of the need to comply with traffic laws in the State, a lot of motorists still flout such laws endangering the lives of other road users.
Jejeloye urged the officers to discharge their duties conscientiously and be humane to road users when necessary.
Finally, he said the unit would not renounce its statutory duty of enforcing traffic laws in the state because of sheer disregard of some motorists to traffic laws in the state.
Source: The Eagle Online