For the prompt intervention of Lagos State Taskforce ,the seemingly avoidable crisis at Lekki- Epe axis of Lagos yesterday, would have snowballed into a major breakdown of law and order.
With the active collaboration of other security Agencies in the state, the Taskforce was able to swiftly quell the unrest which stemmed from an accident that occurred around the Second Lekki Toll Gate,Chevron Ajah, Lekki-Epe Expressway, Lagos.
According to the Director, Press and Public Affairs of the Agency, Mr. Gbadeyan Abdulraheem , the Chairman of the State Taskforce,CSP Shola Jejeloye, had explained that the avoidable unrest occurred as a result of accident involving a truck and motorcycle at about 12 noon , leaving the rider of the Motorcycle dead while one passenger was injured.
Eye witnesses at the scene of the incident reported that the rider drove against traffic before being rammed into by the moving truck.
Angered by the incident, passers by and miscreants were said to have set the truck ablaze, resulting to residents scampering to safety.
The situation was aggravated when some miscreants and hoodlums allegedly transferred aggression on innocent citizens along that axis.
However, the swift intervention of the State Taskforce and other enforcement security agents brought the situation under control and restored normalcy in the area.
Speaking ,CSP Jejeloye, urged motorists to be more patient and considerate while driving on the roads to avoid accidents and unrests as experienced in the area. “a second’s patience could go a long way in saving a life. We should not be too quick or hasty to drag right of way when driving because the person you are struggling with could probably not be in the right frame of mind at that moment. Let us be considerate when driving”, he said.
He further warned unscrupulous elements who perpetuates and feed fats on crises, to refrain from such or face the full wrath of the law. Efforts are currently being made to evacuate the burnt vehicle off the road and ease traffic flow along that axis.
Meanwhile,the Agency had impounded not less than 32 motorcycles for violating the State traffic laws on restriction of Okada on the State highways in that axis, while 21 people suspected to be connected with the mayhem, have been arrested for breach of public peace and would be charged accordingly.