The Lagos State Government has impounded 6,972 motorcycles between September and November for plying restricted roads in the state.
Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr. Umar Manko disclosed that all the motorcycles were moved to Alausa as directed by the government.
He said that when the restriction started in September, 440 motorcycles were impounded in different parts of the metropolis.
The Commissioner noted that 2,827 motorcycles were impounded from roads they were not supposed to ply in October, and 3,705 in November
He said that some motorcyclists were arrested for various offences, including taking the laws into their hands by destroying government’s, property under the guise of a protest.
He said that the arrest of motorcycles in Lagos State was as directed by the government and not a decision of the police.
Manko explained that the duty of the Force was to enforce the law.
The commissioner, however, noted that some bad elements were hiding under the motorcycles’ operators to rob innocent persons and organisations.
“We will not condone any person or group of persons, who would perpetuate evil with motorcycles. Some of the riders’ are reckless and don’t obey traffic laws or respect other road users.
“Some states, including FCT have banned motorcycle operations, but Lagos only restricted commercial motorcyclists from some roads, in the interest of the people.
He wondered why some people took to the streets to protest the government’s action and in the process, destroyed public property.
“They should be appreciative of the state governor’s magnanimity,” Manko added.