Lagos State Government auctions 83 forfeited vehicles seized from owners for violation of the State traffic law (One-way).
The Lagos State Government on Monday auctioned 83 vehicles seized from their users in different areas of the state for contravening the one-way traffic law in the state.
The public auction was supervised by the Ministry of Justice and the State TaskForce on Environmental and Special Offences.
The auction exercise took place at the premises of the State Taskforce in Alausa, Ikeja. This is in accordance with the forfeiture order of the Court.
In attendance were the Chairman of the State Taskforce, the Coordinator of the State Special Offences Mobile Court, and representatives of the Ministry of Justice and a large number of residents of the state.
Speaking to Journalists during the Auction, the Coordinator, Lagos State Special Offences Mobile Court, Mrs Arinola Ogbara said;
“There is a lot of processes and transparency to the public auction. Moreso, some of the people whose cars were seized have been told to pay a fine.
The fine would be without their cars being forfeited based on the strength of evidence they presented at the Mobile Court.
Driving against traffic (one way) has caused a huge number of accidents and untold losses to property and human lives.”
On his part, the Chairman of the State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye; said the auction exercise was meant to correct not punish :
”I do not see what we have come to do today as an auction. It serves as correction and detterent for some Lagosians. The Lagos Commissioner of Police has instructed us to go out there as policemen and do our best to ensure free flow of traffic” he said
The auction exercise was conducted by a licensed Auctioneer, Mr Ade Onanuga, of CR Limited Auction House.