The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday intervened in the cases of some traffic offenders by reducing their fines.
Sanwo-Olu was said to have paid an unscheduled visit to the holding facility of the Lagos State Environment and Special Offences Enforcement Unit (Task Force) in Alausa, Ikeja, where he met the alleged offenders.
A statement said the offenders, who had yet to be arraigned in the state’s mobile court and whose vehicles had been seized, appealed for his intervention.
He said, “You all (offenders) have admitted to flouting traffic regulations and you are here because you don’t want to be arraigned for your offences in our mobile court.
“I have requested for the list of all vehicles in this facility and I will be meeting with the task force officers. We will still get judgement for your offences, but we will grant you the opportunity of reduction in the fines to be paid.”
Sanwo-Olu also warned the offenders to desist from flouting traffic regulations or they would have their vehicles permanently impounded.
“If I give you this opportunity, you must not be caught again for flouting the traffic rules. The laws are there and no one is above the law. I will intervene to reduce the fines for you and you must be remorseful. Anyone caught again would have his vehicle impounded,” he said.
The task force Chairman, CSP Shola Jejeloye, told the governor that his men faced many challenges in enforcing the traffic laws in the state