Lagos Wages War against Traffic Offenders, Sentences 37 Offenders to 100 Hours Community Service

  • Orders forfeiture of vehicles, motorcycles
  • BY EMMANUEL EDOM in Lagos•

The Lagos State government has taken its war against road traffic violations to the next level. This is even as the special Offences Mobile Court sitting in Oshodi, on Tuesday sentenced 37 traffic offenders to 25 and 100hours community service for violating the traffic law of the State.

Presiding Magistrate, Omobola Salawu, who convicted the offenders and sentenced them following their arraignment before the court, further ordered final forfeiture of the offenders vehicles and motorcycles to the state government so as to deter others.

While delivering judgement, the Magistrate urged road users to be patient until government fixes the road.

Earlier, at the proceedings, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of the state, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, who led the prosecuting team, urged the court to convict the defendants as stated by law.

The AG informed the court that the arraignment of the defendants is in line with the executive order of the State Governor and to further send a clear signal that traffic offences and violations will no longer be tolerated in the state

The thirty-seven defendants all pleaded guilty to one count charge brought against them by the state.

Pleading for leniency, the defence counsel from the Office of Public Defender, Emekobu Collins, appealed to the court to temper justice with mercy, considering the fact that the defendants were first time offenders and that they had shown remorse.

The charges ranged from driving on dedicated BRT lane, one way and riding motorcycles on the highway.

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