State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu on Monday instructed police officers not to arrest motorcycles use for courier services as they are not part of restriction. This is coming as a follow-up to ban of motorcycles in some routes in Lagos State.
This development was made known in a release made available to Prestige Online and signed by DSP Bala Elkana Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State.
“Lagos State Police Command wishes to reiterate that Motorcycles use for courier services are not included in the restrictions placed on Motorcycles in Lagos State.
“Operators of courier services must strictly obey traffic laws and ensure that they do not drive against traffic (one way)”, the statement reads.
The statement also added that dispatch riders must put on their crash helmets and should have the dispatch box fixed at the back of the motorcycle. The Bike must strictly be used for courier purposes, no carrying of passengers. Power bikes are also not affected by the restrictions.
“The Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu psc has issued circular to that effect to all the Area Commanders, DPOs and Police Officers across the State. The CP also warned Police Officers on enforcement to strictly abide by the rules of engagement as contained in the extant laws. The exercise must be free of harassment and extortion. Erring Police Officers will be dealt with in accordance with the law. Members of the Public with genuine grievances and complaints against Police Officers should call any of the following numbers: 08063025274, 08063104759, 08113615350, 08113615350”, the statement added.
In a related development Twenty four suspects were arrested for blocking major roads in Ijora, causing obstructions.
“On 3rd February, 2020, Police received a distress call that some hoodlums in large number armed with cutlasses, suspected to be okada riders and thugs blocked some major roads around Ijora Oloye, Amusu, Ijora 7up, Ijora under bridge, Sifa junction and Gaskiya gangare area all within Ijora Badia Division. The hoodlums caused major obstructions on the roads, burning tyres, looting and stealing from unsuspecting road users. Police Officers from Ijora Badia, Area B Command and Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants were promptly deployed to the scenes. The situation was brought under control. The obstructions were cleared for free flow of traffic. No life was lost. Twenty suspects were arrested. Investigation is ongoing, the suspects will be charged to Court”, the statement added.