Over the months not Kosofe (Agboyi Ketu, Ikosi Isheri) road users in part of local councils across the state has been complaining about local government traffic officers banned few years ago returns on streets of Lagos state impounding cars and exploitation.
Few areas this community newspaper noted complaints in recent time includes : Ojodu lcda, Aimosho , Eti osa respectively.
A victim , Dare Okuntilu’s recounted his experience at Ikoyi Obalende Lcda thus:
“I woke up today and followed all usual daily rituals as i set forth for the day. Seated in the car, I ran through Google map on my mobile phone so as to determine the best route to the office. Afterwards, I headed out.
“The road was much better than Google estimated, so I was cruising with pleasure. Then, sensing that I might arrive at the office much earlier than normal, I decided to fill up a long-pending appointment at Ikoyi. As a result, I switched from my pre-planned Marina route to Obalende. And that marked me up for an eventual injustice that turned out so inhuman that I would never wish it on anyone.
“Just as I approached passport office, I called up my host and informed him of my presence in his locale – using the phone in speaker mode. I’m ever alive to the notoriety of our law enforcement officers, so I do everything possible to avoid any issue with them. All my documents are intact every time, for instance.
“Just immediately after the main entrance into Ikoyi passport office, I sought somewhere to park my car and talk properly to the person I was going to meet. In order to avoid any trouble, I saw an unoccupied road shoulder/ setback and chose to pull up there to continue the phone discussion.
“While speaking in the phone, I saw a guy in yellow shirt knocking on my car window and pointing at my tyre. He gestured to me to wind down and obliged, only to realize that I had been surrounded by many other guys similarly dressed. So, I asked what the problem and he said my tyre had been clamped because I was parked in a wrong place. Gently, I explained to him that the place I parked is meant for people who have any form of emergency while driving. He agreed with me and said let him into the car so as to explain some things to me. While inside the car, he said I should have flicked on my hazard light to show emergency but that he would spare me because he saw me as a perfect gentleman.
“Immediately, he beckoned on the other guys to remove the clamp on my tyre and leave me alone. He, thereafter, begged me to drop him somewhere behind where I was parked. I thanked him and agreed to drop him there. Then, we got to somewhere and he said I should drop him there. I expressed my concern about the place he wanted me stop, fearing that his colleagues might come after me again; but he said there can’t be any issue since he was in the car.
“To cut the story short, I parked for him to disembark but he quickly reached for my car key, turned off the engine and took the key with him as he stepped out of the car. He called another guy who came with one booklet that later turned out to be a collection of invoices. So, this new guy wrote something on the booklet and handed it over to me, with the explanation that I would have to pay a fine of N10,000 plus sundry charges.
I took my time to explain what happened to the billings man but it apparently had no effect. I was forced to pay N10,000 after intervention of their overall boss who seemed to sympathize with me based on the narration of what transpired.
“For the first time ever, I unleashed a lorryload of curse on the officer that lured me to what turned out to be secretariat of Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA. To every curse I placed on the officer, their overall boss said an ‘amen’. Before I left their office, the boss said he was going to do for me something he had never done for any body – so he collected my phone number and promised to call me up later today. He gave me a hint of what it is he wants to do for me, but I really don’t think I need it. My only prayer to the officer is that that wickedness he visited on me today will be replicated to him tenfold by everybody he comes across in his life,” Dare stated.
Aside the Lagos state Traffic Management Authority (LASMA) ,whom similar was experienced from them which contributed partly to reason Gov. Akinwumi Ambode, ordered them to impounding vehicles has since return when Governor Sanwoolu’s increased their welfare and gave them more power bark and bite. However, no announcement from the Lagos state government lifting the suspension on the activities of local councils traffic officers impounding cars.