Lagos impounds 6,972 motorcycles in three months

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The Lagos State Government has impounded 6,972 motorcycles between September and November for plying restricted roads in the state.
Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday that all the motorcycles were moved to Alausa as directed by the government.
He said when the restriction started in September, 440 motorcycles were impounded in different parts of the metropolis.
The Commissioner noted that 2,827 motorcycles were impounded from roads they were not supposed to ply in October, and 3,705 in November.
He said some motorcyclists were arrested for various offences, including destroying government’s property under the guise of a protest.
He said the seizure of motorcycles in Lagos was directed by the government and not a decision of the police.
Manko explained that the duty of the force was to enforce the law.
The Commissioner, however, noted that some bad elements were still using motorcycles to rob innocent persons and organisations.
He said, “We will not condone any person or group of persons, who would perpetuate evil with motorcycles. Some of the riders are reckless and don’t obey traffic laws or respect other road users.

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