The Police in Lagos have indicted operators of commercial motorcycles in the state, saying most of the robbery operations recorded by the Police over time were carried out by the operators.
The Police also warned that the newly promulgated road traffic law by the state government had come to stay and would be enforced strictly even as they assured Lagosians that adequate preparations have been made to secure their life and property during the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Abubakar Manko, who made the pronouncement after the weekly State Security Council meeting chaired by the Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) at the Lagos House Marina, expressed dismay that the commercial motorcycle operators had caused much damage in the state, pointing out that Police would not succumb to any blackmail from anywhere in their total enforcement of the law.
Manko, who fielded questions from newsmen after the meeting, declared: “Motorcyclists have done so much damage in Lagos State. I am the Commissioner of Police and I am telling you from the point of knowledge that most of the armed robberies that we recorded were carried out by these motorcyclists.
"People go to the banks to collect money, they will hang around banks, they will hang around people’s’ houses, take their belongings, collect their money, even in traffic hold-ups.
“Now that we have a law that says they should not operate in certain places, restricted areas; that law is going to be enforced. The state has about 9,010 roads and only 400 of these roads are being restricted for now, which may be about 25 per cent of the roads in the state.
"So how can someone say it is wickedness? The law is there and I will enforce that law no matter what happens.”