Lagos Taskforce Intercepts Truck With 123 Men, 48 Motorcycles

Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce on
Friday intercepted a truck laden with 48 motorcycles and 123 men coming
from Jigawa State.

The truck was seized, following a tip off by
members of the public who raised security concern about the manner with
which the occupants of the truck conducted themselves.

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After the interception, the truck and its occupants were moved to the office of the Taskforce in Oshodi for interrogation.

Chairman
of Lagos State Taskforce, Mr Yinka Egbeyemi, said the trailer was
accosted in the wee hours on Friday, after a security alert from the
public. He said his team swiftly responded to the information, which led
to the seizure of the truck and its occupants at Agege area of Lagos.

He
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.

“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.”

Egbeyemi said the
Lagos Police Command had directed that a fact-finding panel be
constituted to profile the detained occupants of the truck, but he added
that nothing incriminating was found on them apart from the
motorcycles.

One of the detained occupants, Shuaibu Haruna, said
he left Jigawa State to work in Lagos with his motorcycle. He claimed to
have a wife and a son, but said he needed to double his income to cater
for his family.

Haruna said he intended to stay in Isolo area to which he had already paid N7,000 as accommodation fee.

Another
occupant, Mohammed Ibrahim, said he left his base in the Northern part
of the country to keep himself busy after finishing his farm work. He
said he was going to Badagry to join his brother.

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