Nigeria: Lagos State Government to Prosecute 11 Suspects for Extortion

Nigeria: Lagos State Government to Prosecute 11 Suspects for Extortion

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

The Lagos State Government has taken a stern stance against extortion by announcing the prosecution of 11 suspects arrested at the Ibeju-Lekki junction and Akodo area of the state. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation, Olawale Musa, made this announcement while addressing journalists.

According to Musa, these suspects pose as enforcement officers and extort unsuspecting motorists and residents in the state. The government has declared zero tolerance for such unlawful activities and has set up a team to apprehend and prosecute anyone engaging in extortion.

Musa emphasized that it is illegal for any local government area within the state to deploy personnel to conduct such operations on highways. The Lagos State Road Traffic Law, Section 18, 2018, empowers only the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority to carry out such operations on the roads.

In March 2023, The PUNCH reported that the Lagos State Government arrested four suspected hoodlums in some parts of the state over extortion. The suspects were apprehended in the Amuwo-Odofin area of the state while attempting to extort motorists.

The government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of residents and motorists in Lagos State and has urged the public to report any incidents of extortion to the appropriate authorities.

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