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Lagos govt impounds 40 trailers under bridges, to prosecute owners

The exercise followed the expiration of a seven-day removal notice to owners of such illegally parked and abandoned vehicles.

• September 19, 2022
Trailers under bridge in Lagos and LASTMA

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Monday impounded 40 illegally parked trucks, tankers and trailers under flyovers in the Costain/Iganmu axis.

The exercise followed the expiration of a seven-day removal notice to owners of such illegally parked and abandoned vehicles.

The general manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, disclosed these in a statement through the agency’s spokesperson, Adebayo Taofiq, on Monday in Lagos.

“These 40 impounded trailers were contravened around Ijora, Costain, Breweries and Ajegunle Park by Ijora Mobil Road area of Iganmu, Lagos,” Mr Oreagba said.

Mr Oreagba noted the enforcement operation was led by the Director of Operations (Headquarters), Peter Gbedemeje.

He said owners and drivers of the impounded vehicles would be charged to court accordingly.

The LASTMA boss said the level of voluntary compliance before the enforcement was encouraging.

“We are very happy with the level of voluntary compliance by owners/drivers of these illegally parked trucks, including other illegal workshops such as iron benders, mechanics, and food/ fruits vendors.”

Mr Gbedemeje said the authority would continue with the cleanup exercise, adding that it would be extended to other parts of the state to checkmate criminal activities.

On September 12, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu ordered the removal of all abandoned vehicles parked indiscriminately under bridges across the state.


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