CP Manko reads riot act to motorists over Lagos traffic law
By Emmanuel Udom
The Lagos state police commissioner, Umar Abubakar Manko on Thursday read out what could be described as riot acts to motorists in Lagos, promising to deal ruthlessly with those who violate the Lagos state traffic law.
Manko in his welcome address at the Stakeholders meeting on the Lagos state road traffic Law held at the Police Officers Mess in Ikeja, stated that the law, which was signed by the Lagos state governor, Raji Babatunde Fashola, covers all aspects of human endeavors, since it is on records that road mishap is the highest claimer of lives in the state.
Manko said I have directed tat all police officers should enforce this law strictly, shun corruption and its temptations and treat offenders with dignity in conformity with the rule of law, while all infractions of this law should be professionally investigated and suspects charged to court.
The area commanders and divisional police officers have been directed to give maximum support to their traffic and patrol personnel and closely monitor same in discharging their responsibilities, the Lagos police boss further disclosed
The interactive stakeholders meeting had in attendance officials from the Lagos state traffic management agency, LASTMA, Vehicles Inspection Officers, VIO, Federal Roads Safety Commission Officials, FRSC, State Security Services, SSS members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW and the police, among others.
Speaking with our correspondent at the event, Comrade Moses Buhari, Lagos state chairman of Three Wheelers and Operators Association of Nigeria, Lagos state chapter praised Fashola for the law, saying that it could restore sanity to a metropolitan sates like Lagos that is regarded as a mini London in Nigeria.
Buhari however appealed to commercial bus drivers and motorcycle operators and well as members of the Three Wheelers operators to abide by the law in order that peace and progress could return to Lagos.