The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) has arrested three suspects posing as Local Government Traffic officers for extorting motorists in Oshodi.

The suspects, who claimed they are working with Oshodi–Isolo Local Government, Oshodi were arrested this afternoon on the orders of the task force Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye after receiving complaints from some of their victims.

CSP Jejeloye, Chairman, Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit

The suspects arrested include: Samuel Oyegbule (52), Olayiwola Thomas (53) and Kola Taiwo (47).

The suspects had yesterday extorted N25,000:00 from one of their victims for alleged obstruction.

Another victim equally alleged he was extorted of the same amount the previous day.

According to the first victim who does not want his name mentioned in the press, ‘they walked up to my vehicle while waiting for traffic light in Oyetayo Street. They knocked on my side glass and I wound down to listen to them. They said I had committed a traffic offence and I was forced to Oshodi – Isolo Local Government Secretariat, Oshodi, where I was made to cough up N25,000 as fine”.

The second victim, a bolt driver, said “I was arrested for dropping my client in front of his house in the inner street of Oshodi. It wasn’t a major road or expressway or where there are bus stops. They refused to listen to my explanation. They fined me N25,000.

Ticket issued by the suspects showing Oshodi Isolo Local Government

The victims alleged that the suspects select vehicles they know can pay their charges before arresting them on trumped charges and forcing them to Local Government headquarters to make payment.

“They also brought into the same place several other vehicles arrested in the same manner like mine and they were made to pay as well as. Some of them were made to pay a higher amount”, one of the victims added.

Warning other touts and persons who illegally issue tickets to motorists on public roads and streets, CSP Jejeloye noted that Taskforce would continue with the arrest of miscreants posing as council officials to extort road users.

Another ticket issued by the suspects

“I have received a lot of complaints and we have taken time to analyse them. We have made our findings too. Lagos State Government would not tolerate such excesses”, he added.

The problem of local government touts extorting innocent motorists on Lagos roads has become a source of concern to residents for quite sometime now.

The unfortunate aspect of the issue, according to motorists, is the seeming endorsement of the activities of the touts by local government authorities.

The former Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Gabriel Imohimi, had issued a warning against these elements, giving order for their arrests.

However, their activities continued unchecked most times.

It is believed that with the arrest and subsequent prosecution of these ones, the others and their sponsors will leave Lagos roads

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