Fashola Writes Jonathan Over Unlawful Presence Of Federal Task Force On Lagos Roads

Babatunde FasholaThe Lagos State government has called on federal agencies to respect provisions of the law in carrying out their activities in the state.

The call was made Friday, on the heels of recent development and attendant confusion with the deployment of “faceless” federal task force officials to Lagos roads.

There were also complaints about the use of national colours on road kerbs and illegal placements of political adverts, all done without recourse to extant laws in the state.

Consequently, Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has written President Goodluck Jonathan on the “illegal” deployment of task force to Lagos roads, allegedly set up to create confusion and chaos in the state.

The state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Ade Ipaye, while speaking at a State Executive Council briefing on Friday, said the developments were flagrant disregard for rules and regulations guiding the society and a call for concern.

The commissioner recalled that two days ago (Thursday), unknown men in black uniform, under the aegis of Subsidy Reinvestment Empowerment Programme/Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (SURE-P/FERMA) task force, forcefully took over the control of traffic on the old toll gate section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Assisted by four armed policemen, the task force forced officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to vacate the axis.

According to Mr. Ipaye, that was the fifth time the group had been unleashed on the Lagos public.

“We have made series of complaints in the past and at one of such occasions when police personnel were attacked (by the task force), the police made some arrests and since then, we are yet to see a stoppage to this unlawful act”, he said.

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