Dozens of hoodlums on Friday swooped on some policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit and a truck belonging to the unit, stealing four motorcycles in the truck.
It was gathered that the attack took place around the First Rainbow bus stop on the Lagos-Apapa Expressway when the policemen were escorting the truck to the task force crushing yard in Apapa.
A resident of the area, Sunday Adedoyin, told our correspondent that some policemen had earlier raided the area in order to dislodge suspected criminals. Twenty motorcycles were said to have been seized in the raid.
It was gathered that the seized motorcycles were being taken to the task force crushing yard when hoodlums swooped on the operatives.
Adedoyin said, “Before the hoodlums came, some soldiers initially waylaid the truck of the policemen. I think the owner of one of the okadas (motorcycles) had military connection. Some hoodlums just took advantage of the situation to take three more okadas. The hoodlum disappeared before the policemen could do anything.”
However, the task force said no hoodlum would stop it from enforcing the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012 on motorcycle operators plying restricted routes.
The task force Chairman, SP Yinka Egbeyemi, in a statement said, “While the truck was conveying the 20 impounded motorcycles, a sister agency blocked the road with their vehicles and allowed miscreants and hoodlums to remove four of the 20 impounded motorcycles.
“There must be a synergy among all security agencies of government in order to collectively fight the menace of the motorcycle operators on all restricted routes across Lagos State.”
Egbeyemi said the following day, operatives of the unit raided the Mile 2 and FESTAC Town area and impounded 163 motorcycles, while 29 riders were arrested.
“There had been series of complaints from members of the public on criminal activities perpetrated by some of these motorcycle operators.
“Residents complained of snatching of bags, phones, wallets and jewellery in the areas at night,” he said.
He said the Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohinmi, had directed that 29 arrested motorcycle operators be charged to court.