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Lagos Traffic Offenders Forfeit Cars, Bag 6 Months Jail Term

By Wole Oyebade   |   19 December 2015   |   1:36 am  

TrafficTHE Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Court, sitting at Ogba, yesterday ordered that four vehicles, one motorcycle and a tricycle be forfeited to the state government.

The vehicles, among others, impounded by the convoy of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode while driving against traffic at Ijora-Olopa on Wednesday, December 16, this year.

Magistrate Mobolaji Tanimola of Magistrate Court 16 convicted the offenders after they all pleaded guilty to one-count charge for contravening Section 7 (b) of the Lagos State Traffic Laws of 2012.

Mobolaji ordered the forfeiture of the vehicles and a payment of N50, 000 each as an option of fine to a six-month imprisonment for driving against on-coming traffic.

Both motorcyclists and a tricyclist were arrested along with those traffic offenders were made to forfeit their motorcycles and tricycle with the payment of N5, 000 and N30, 000 respectively as an option of fine to a one-month imprisonment each.

The Magistrate said the judgment would go a long way to serve as a deterrent to other motorists fond of contravening the laws of the state.

Those arrested and convicted include Mrs. Adejoke Elemoro; Mr. Ogunlana Olatunji; Mr. Ganiyu Ayokuleyin; Mr. Ogunade Segun; Mr. Akinlabi Ahmed; and Mr. Sunday Uzebor.



  • Dr Jide Rotilu

    I am sure compassionate Gov Ambode will never support forfeiting vehicles for traffic offenses .What happens if some of the drivers of those cars are not the owners of the vehicles.Imagine if the driver is a salaried Driver,who will just take off after putting the real owner in such deep trouble.Wicked Drivers may even commit the offense deliberately to settle a score .The Law cannot be that stupid !Let them pay the fines.The car cannot drive itself ,it should not even be seized,It is the Driver who should be arrested and detained and made to face the Law.

  • nnanta

    This nothing but jungle laws that Nigerians thought the chased away with their votes. So sad but where are the civil rights group ?

  • amador kester

    A draconian schizophrenic law not even applicable during the dark ages.

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