25th September, 2013
The Lagos State Police Command says it has begun a clampdown on sellers of alcohol and drugs at motor parks and bus stops across the state.
A spokesman for the command, ASP Damasus Ozoani, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the move would help to check drink-driving among drivers of commercial buses and taxis, particularly during the “ember” months.
NAN reports that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) had flagged off its annual campaign for safe driving for the “ember” months of September, October, November and December.
The months are usually perceived as a period that is synonymous with mishaps caused by reckless driving, drink-driving and hustling for money ahead of the yuletide.
Ozoani told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that the hawkers of drugs and alcohol would be dislodged from the motor parks and bus stops.
“Our men from the various divisions and area commands have been raiding the motor parks and bus stops to stop the sale of drugs and alcohol to drivers.
“The raid is a continuous operation, particularly during these ‘ember months’ when many people will be travelling. To ensure safety, the first point to check is the motor park.
“Many drivers take alcohol or hard drugs before embarking on their journeys because they are being sold at the parks,” he said.
Ozoani advised such hawkers to stay away from the motor parks in their own interest.
He said the warning became necessary following increasing rate of road crashes caused by drink-driving.
“Some suspects have so far been arrested as a result of the raids. Anyone who wants to sell alcohol should obtain a permit and look for a shop outside the motor parks.
“We are aware that some motor park operators including transport union officials are encouraging the sale of alcohol and other dangerous items,” he said.
Ozoani urged union officials to ensure that their members refrained from driving under the influence of alcohol.