Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Documents Regularization: Lagos Police Halt Operation Velvet As 4 Policemen, 3 Lastma Officials Arrested For Extortion

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The Lagos state police command has halt operation velvet for a period of one month with effect from today.

The development is said to enable motor vehicle and motorcycle owner’s time to regularize their documents

In a statement made available to urban express news online through the police public relation officer, CSP chike Oti said the operation was aimed at enforcing all relevant traffic laws to restore orderliness on the roads essentially on the highways!

In this telling, the command has decided to put on hold its proposed implementation for a month period base on the appeal of the executive governor, His Excellency, Mr. (Akinwunmi Ambode) and the honourable members of the state house of Assembly.

Oti said the command wishes to warn all road users that the grace period should not be interpreted as a period of lawlessness on the city roads.

It is a time allowed to get the vehicle documents and necessary permit together.
The command, therefore, wishes to also warn it will enforce laws against driving on BRT lanes, parking at unauthorized places thereby causing gridlock and driving against traffic.

Meanwhile, the command had also arrested four policemen and three Lagos state traffic management Authority (LASTMA) officials reported in a publication on a print newspaper.

The statement put further that the reporter drew attention to the underhand dealings of some policemen he ran into on his way to festac town in a Lagos metropolis.
The statement alleged the reporter was taken to the first gate, an entry point of festival town along mile two stretch road where he claimed they have turned an extortion point.

Oti said this was how the information gained from the publication elicited a reaction from the commissioner of police, who directed the area commander in charge of Area E and officer in charge of x squad to carry out a covert operation around the aforementioned location.

This was what led to the arrest of the three officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and four policemen.
Those arrested within police hierarchy include inspector Charles omokaro, inspector idara Akai and Sergeant Joseph Bernard whilst those from the traffic Authority are Mr Sam Adekunle, Mr Omolaja Ige and Mrs Modinat Folashade

Adding that they were caught trying to extort one Waheed Lamidi whom they gave a diamond bank account number to transfer the sum of seventy-five thousand naira when he complained he had no cash.

The Lagos state commissioner of police Mr Imohimi Edgal has directed that the suspects be brought to the command headquarters for a thorough investigation and appropriate disciplinary action if found guilty.

“The command welcome opinion, comments and criticism geared toward helping the force rid bad eggs in its midst and improve service delivery and not comments designed to debase or ridicule the force, the statement added”

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