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COURT ORDERS TRAFFIC OFFENDERS TO FORFEIT VEHICLES TO THE GOVERNMENT



Six traffic offenders arrested by the convoy of Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode in Ijora-Olopa area of the State on December 16, 2015, while driving against traffic have been convicted by the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Court sitting in Ogba, which ordered them to forfeit their vehicles to government.

Magistrate Mobolaji Tanimola convicted the motorists yesterday, after they pleaded guilty to a one-count charge bordering on the offence filed against them by the government. According to the state, their offence is punishable under Section 7 (b) of the Lagos State Traffic Laws of 2012.

Those arrested while driving against traffic and convicted by the court include Mrs. Adejoke Elemoro, Mr. Ogunlana Olatunji, Mr. Ganiyu Ayokuleyin, Mr. Ogunade Segun, Mr. Akinlabi Ahmed and Mr. Sunday Uzebor. The vehicles to be forfeited are four cars, one motorcycle and a tricycle.

In her judgment, the trial Magistrate also ordered the four motorists to pay N50,000 each as an option of fine to a six-month imprisonment for driving against on-coming traffic, contrary to the laws of the State. Both motorcyclists and a tricyclist arrested along with the motorists were ordered to forfeit their motorcycles and a tricycle to government together with the payment of N5, 000 and N30, 000 respectively as an option of fine to a one-month imprisonment each according to the laws of the State.