Highway Crossing: LAGESC prosecutes 95 pedestrians in Lagos

* Warns impostors, rumour peddlers against misinformation

Isola Moses

As result of the step-up exercise of Lagos State, the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC) on its ‘Operation Zero Tolerance’ to the indiscriminate crossing of highways, has reiterated its commitment to sustaining and extending the operations to every part of the state.

ConsumerConnect gathered that the measure is in line with the mandate of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, to stem the spate of environmental offences and traffic laws in the state.

Mr. Adebayo Kehinde, Head, Public Affairs Unit, LAGESC said CP Akinpelu Gbemisola (rtd), Corps Marshal, stated this at the command’s headquarters, at Bolade-Oshodi, Lagos State.

According to CP Gbemisola, “a total number of ninety-five (95) persons have been prosecuted from January 2020 till date in line with the Environmental Sanitation Protection Law 2017 by the Special Offences Court of Lagos State (Mobile Court), Bolade-Oshodi.”

The source said the Corps Marshal also decried with dismay the unfounded rumour circulating in the social media that the Lagos State Government (LASG) had directed LAGESC officials, not in uniform to arrest people crossing the highways.

However, all LAGESC officers on lawful duty are to be officially dressed in LAGESC uniforms with their name tags boldly on it, she stressed.

She, nonetheless, warned imposters extorting money from the public in the name of LAGESC to desist from such act as well as rumour peddlers to abstain from misleading the general public with wrong information.

Gbemisola, therefore, encouraged pedestrians to make use of the bridges for the free flow of traffic and the people.

It is an offence to endanger their lives by crossing the highways which puts them at risk of getting knocked down by ‘hit and run’ drivers.

Restating the Lagos State Government’s stance on preventing unnecessary loss of lives and to ease free flow of traffic, she reaffirmed the commitment of the agency to ensuring the arrests and prosecution of defaulters who fail to make use of pedestrian bridges where they are erected strategically for the crossing of highways.

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