Task force intercepts truckload of northerners, motorcycles entering Lagos

By David Olalekan.

No fewer than one hundred and twenty three travellers from the northern part of the country have been detained by the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Monitoring Unit).

According to the Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, Yinka Egbeyemi, the trailer conveying about 48 motorcycles and 123 Hausas was impounded yesterday at the Agege area of Lagos after security alert from the public.

Egbeyemi said, “While my team was on operation, we got information from the public that some people had entered into Lagos in trailer loaded with over 300 people.

“We swiftly responded to the alert and trailed the truck from Berger area to Agege. We eventually intercepted the truck which carried no few than 123 men and 48 motorcycles.”

He added that most of the occupants had disclosed during interrogation that they were in Lagos in search of greener pastures.

“We have interrogated most of the truck’s occupants; from the information we gathered, some of them said they were coming from Jigawa State, with 48 of them claiming to own seized motorcycles.

“The rest of them said they came to Lagos in search of greener pasture”, he said.

Egbeyemi also noted that although nothing incriminating was found on them apart from the motorcycles, the Lagos State Police Command had instructed that a fact-finding panel be set up to profile the detained occupants of the truck.

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