The Lagos State Government on Monday has defended the enforcement method adopted by its Special Offences Task Force in dealing with traffic offenders.
The task force has opted for the removal of the number plates of vehicles over clamping of vehicle tires or towing such vehicles away.
Under the new approach, traffic officials are expected to record videos of cars in violation of traffic laws, especially those illegally parked.
Subsequently, the number plates of the vehicles are removed and branded stickers are pasted on the windscreen of the car to inform them of their offence and inviting them for trial at the Special Offences Mobile Court.
The decision drew criticism from some Lagosians with members of the task force and Special Offences Tribunal – mobile court – being accused of harassing and extorting motorists.
But the government denied the allegations, describing “the complainants on social media” as “hypocritical and manipulative”.
In a statement by the state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, and the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the state government said it was doing the right thing.