The Lagos State Task Force has refuted reports that officials of the agency were involved in the car chase which led to an accident and tragic death of two LAWMA officials at Gbagada on Monday.
CSP Shola Jejeloye, the chairman of the agency, said no Lagos State Environmental Task Force official was involved in the car chase of a suspected traffic offender along the Gbagada axis which resulted in the car crash that killed two LAWMA officials carrying out their duties by the roadside.
Jejeloye said none of the taskforce officials was posted out on Monday morning for any traffic enforcement.
He disclosed that they were deployed to Ile-Zik, Dopemu, and Ikeja to maintain law and order during the NURTW protest.
According to Jejeloye: “It is very sad and unfortunate as well as an avoidable incident that led to the loss of lives. As an agency, we have a very firm belief that a traffic offence is not a criminal offence, as such, a traffic offender may be left to escape from the scene of the offence rather than allow such an offender to create madness on the road, that could lead to loss of life.
“So there is no way they could have been involved as widely speculated. The vehicle and occupants involved in the chase were not in Task Force uniform.”
He, however, assured: “Investigation is ongoing to uncover those involved in this terrible incident. Anyone found culpable will be made to answer for his crime.
“The alleged motorist who evaded arrest and knocked down these two innocent workers will also be tried and prosecuted. In this era of social media, there is no hiding place for any criminal.”
Jejeloye admonished Lagosians to keep the peace and allow the law to take its full course, assuring that justice will be adequately served and no stone will be left unturned till all parties involved in the heinous crime are prosecuted.
“I strongly hope this will serve as a deterrent to any overzealous officer who sidelines the safety and security of Lagosians whom we have sworn to protect.
“Anyone caught jeopardising the safety and security of Lagosians all in the name of apprehending a traffic offender will be severely dealt with,” Jejeloye added.