A Lagos Mobile Court has ordered that the owners of 31 vehicles should forfeit their cars to the state government for breaking the Traffic Laws.
The Chairman of the Lagos State Environment and Special Offences, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, issued the order after the drivers pleaded guilty.
He held that the 31 defendants pleaded guilty to the one-way traffic offense they were charged with.
“These 31 drivers were charged with driving in the direction prohibited by Law punishable under Part (III) item 27 of the ‘Lagos State Transport Sector Reformed Law of 2018.
“However, 43 other drivers arraigned for plying the BRT corridors and causing road obstructions have been ordered to pay fines to the government in accordance with the law and severity of their offense,” he said.
Egbeyemi confirmed that out of 160 arraigned traffic offenders, including those apprehended for driving against traffic, only 74 had so far appeared before the court.
While urging the remaining 86 others who are yet to appear before the court to do so, Egbeyemi said the agency acted in response to series of complaints from the public.
The complaints, particularly from motorists, were that one-way drivers were causing severe traffic gridlock daily since the #EndSARS protest across the State.
“It is painful that with a high level of enlightenment campaigns and several government warnings, motorists, including private car owners, are still driving against traffic.
“The penalty for such offense is outright forfeiture of the said vehicle to the government,” he said.