The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce) yesterday announced it would be auctioning 108 impounded vehicles seized from their owners for violating the state traffic laws.
The move to auction the seized vehicles followed a court order that authorised the Taskforce to auction 108 vehicles forfeited/abandoned to interested members of the public.
The agency’s Chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed yesterday that the vehicles to be auctioned included 86 that were forfeited to government and 22 that were abandoned after they had been impounded by the agency’s enforcement team in different parts of the state.
Egbeyemi stated that the public auction would hold on Tuesday and Wednesday at the agency’s car park, Ikorodu, Lagos.
He said, “It was after the expiration of the 30 days public notice issued by the agency, in line with the dictates of the law to all owners of the 22 abandoned vehicles to claim them, that the government obtained the court order to auction them to interested members of the public.”
The Chairman maintained that the agency would continue to prosecute traffic offenders until sanity was restored on roads.
The enforcement team, over the weekend, cleared all illegal trucks and abandoned vehicles found to be causing gridlock along the Guiness-Ikeja-Ogba axis in conformity with the directive of the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu.