Commercial activities at Iyana-Ipaja in Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State were, yesterday, halted for several minutes when hoodlums attacked Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Enforcement Agency (Task Force) personnel for enforcing 2012 Lagos Road Traffic Law, vandalising their vehicles.
Vanguard gathered that the Task Force officials arrived to enforce the five-year-old traffic law which residents in the communities had said was not enforced within the council.
Before the hoodlums attacked, it was learned that the Task Force officials had stormed Iyana-Ipaja at about 7a.m. to ensure that motorcycle riders (okadamen) comply with the traffic law, which outlawed their activities on over 400 roads in the state.
On arrival, the Task Force officials impounded no fewer than 28 Okada and arrested eight riders for contravening the law.
Eyewitnesses narrated that trouble started when some of the riders, who had escaped, alerted hoodlums within the axis to help retrieve their okada from the officials.
The hoodlums, who were armed with weapons, also hurled stones at the officials. To prevent further attacks from the mob, mobile policemen attached to the Task Force shot teargas cannisters in the air.
“We’ll enforce the law” – Task Force
Confirming the attack, the task force’s Head of Public Affairs, Taofik Adebayo, disclosed that their vehicles were vandalised by the mob, noting that their actions will not stop the officials from enforcing the law.
Adebayo said: “We impounded no fewer than 28 Okadas and eight riders for contravening the 2012 road traffic law in the state.”