Two men, who have been parading themselves as law enforcement agents and claimed be attached to Task unit of Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences, met their waterloo on Monday after they were arrested by personnel from the agency nabbed while illegal arrest of motorists.
It was gathered that the two suspects, Ademola Oyegunwa, 40 years, and Olaogun Adamson, 48 years, were arrested by the agency, after extorting a motorist at Ojota, and had identified themselves as members of Lagos Task Force.
The Chairman, Task Force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, confirmed that the two suspects were apprehended by the agency after they had negotiated and collected N15,000 bribe.
Speaking through a statement released from his office on Monday, Egbeyemi disclosed that preliminary interrogations revealed that the suspects presented themselves as officers of the agency and arrested a motorist for traffic obstruction by Ojota bus-stop.
He said, “They arrested the owner of the vehicle for obstruction at Ojota, drove him down to Bolade bus-stop opposite Task Force office where they negotiated and collected the sum of N15,000 from him”.
According to Egbeyemi, the Agency also discovered that the suspects had perpetrated the act before saying, “We have severally received complaints from motorists, particularly commercial bus drivers, about activities of these unscrupulous fraudsters who specialise in impersonating officers of the Agency and defrauding people across the State”.
The chairman indicated that personnel assigned by his agency to enforce traffic and environmental sanitation laws would be on uniform for proper identification while on duty.
He clarified that only Lagos State Task Force and LASTMA are empowered by law to enforce traffic laws on ‘BRT’ corridors across the State.
While urging motorists to desist from giving bribe to traffic enforcement officers, the chairman disclosed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, had directed that the arrested suspects, ,who confessed to the crime, be arraigned immediately.
From their confessional statements, the 2 suspects claimed to be making N50,000 to N70,000 from this illegal duties.