Lagos attorney-general/ Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo on Tuesday led the prosecution of 37 alleged traffic offenders arraigned before the Special Offenses (mobile) court, oshodi.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu earlier signed an executive order for the immediate prosecution of traffic offenders through the state-owned mobile courts.
The attorney-general during the proceedings for written address urged the court presiding Magistrate Omobola Salawu to convict the defendants as charged.
He added that the 37 offenders were charged with offenses of driving against traffic, illegal driving on BRT corridor and illegal plying of Highway with Motorcycles which are likely to endanger the lives of road users.
Onigbanjo noted, the offense committed is punishable under section 66 (b) of Lagos State Transport Law, 2012.
The presiding Magistrate, Magistrate Omobola Salawu admitted them to 100 hours of community service and fines of 15,000 – 20,000 varying from the offense committed.
The magistrate ordered that they all drop 2 Passport photograph and pay the fines allotted into the Lagos State Mobile Court account.
While addressing the press, the attorney-general informed that the state will continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity is restored back on Lagos roads and law-abiding citizens are allowed to enjoy the roads without being assaulted by dulters.
“Governor SanwoOlu led administration has Zero Tolerance for disobedience to traffic rules, all traffic offenders would be made to serve the punishment immediately, which could be in form of compulsory community service or fines as appropriate”. He reiterated.
Onigbanjo further informed that many convictions have been handed out and vehicles of some of the offenders had been forfeited.
Likewise, the Chairman Lagos State Taskforce, CSP OlayinkaEgbeyemi, mentioned that about 4477 Motorcycles and 18 Vehicles of traffic offenders have been impounded during the last 6 months.
He noted that the State taskforce will continue to apprehend offenders of the State traffic rules and regulations.