The Lagos State Government has warned traditional rulers and their relations against indiscriminate use of fake vehicle number plates.
Disclosing this to newsmen on Sunday, the Head of Public Affairs, Lagos State Environmental Task Force, Adebayo Taofiq, warned that anyone caught using fake number plates would be arrested and charged to court.
The statement issued said it has been observed that traditional chiefs and their relations use vehicles with different fake special number plates which contravene the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012. Thus, it urged traditional rulers to check the excesses of their chiefs and relations within their domains by ensuring that all their vehicles with special traditional number plates are registered.
“Investigations revealed that most of these council chiefs and their relations have special fake vehicles number plates being used to commit environmental and other crimes in the state.
“The government urged traditional rulers to check the excesses of their chiefs and relations within their domains by ensuring that all their vehicles with special traditional number plates are registered.”
The Lagos State Government had recently proposed a bill which criminalises the activities of land touts and grabbers popularly known as Omo Onile or Ajagungbale.
Among the outstanding features of the bill are the prohibition of forceful land take over, entry by force, illegal occupation of property, use of land agents, illegal use of law enforcement agents, encroaching with weapons, sales of property without authority and professional misconducts by licensed property practitioners.
Those found guilty will be at risk of five to twenty one year jail terms.
This was a well welcomed bill as Lagosians believe it would curtail the excesses of these notorious Omo Onile gangs and also restore sanity to the property and housing sector of the state.