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Lagos Police Task Force Impounds 20 Danfo Buses in June

Posted: Jun 28, 2015 at 12:18 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Udom, Lagos

Commercial buses in the habit of dropping and picking passengers around Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) designated bus stops in various parts of Lagos have had a raw deal recently as security officials attached to the Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences unit impounded no fewer than 20 buses in June 2015.  

BRT buses loading along Ikorodu road, Lagos.

BRT buses loading along Ikorodu road, Lagos.

Daily Independent gathered that the buses were impounded by the police task force officials in the last one month for contravening the traffic laws and whisked away to the task force secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja.

Our correspondent, who was on surveillance at Oshodi bus stop on Friday, spotted  seven commercial buses impounded by the task force for either dropping or picking passengers on both sides of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

A senior police officer said the “sins” of the commercial vehicles were that they were either dropping or picking passengers around the BRT bus stops in Oshodi, which “is illegal and unacceptably to the state government.”

Reliable sources at the Lagos State task force office in Alausa disclosed on Friday that in the last one month, about 20 commercial buses have been impounded for operating around BRT-designated bus stops.

According to our sources, owners of these impounded buses could either be given stern warnings by the taskforce officials, or whisked away to the Taskforce secretariat at Alausa, where they (the owners) could be fined based on the discretion of the magistrate.

Further observations around BRT designated bus-stops in CMS, Mile 2, Yaba, Mushin, Abule- Egba, Berger, Mile 12, Agege, Iyana-Ipaja, Igando and Iba, among others, revealed that the taskforce officials comprise police officers, operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kick Against Indiscipline officials and those of the Nigerian Legion in Lagos.

Speaking on the issue, Mrs Morenike Asagbe, Public Relations Officer of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences told our correspondent on phone, Friday that “it is illegal for commercial buses to either pick or drop passengers at BRT designated bus-stops in all the local government and development councils in the state.

She advised danfo bus drivers to always obey the traffic laws of the state, saying that it is the only way to keep off from being arrested, fined or have their buses impounded.