A 51-year-old man, Abiodun Adeleye, has been arrested by the officials of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit for impersonating an official of the agency and allegedly extorting money from motorist in the Mile 12 area.
Adeleye was alleged to have confessed that he made an average sum of N15,000 daily from motorists and motorcycle riders plying the Mile 12 route.
The Chairman of the task force, Olayinka Egbeyemi, said the suspect was arrested after he illegally arrested the owner of a Toyota Camry, one Balogun Adebayo, and collected N3,000 bribe.
Adeleye was said to have requested N15,000 from Adebayo who he accused of committing a traffic offence, but the latter was able to raise N,3000.
Egbeyemi said, “The agency has been inundated with complaints from motorists about illegal activities of unscrupulous elements.
“The ban on activities of touts and local government traffic officials from controlling and enforcing traffic law in the state was the state government’s response to the calls to curb their nefarious activities.
“The suspect was nabbed by the enforcement team under the Mile 12 Bridge after he had illegally arrested a Toyota Camry for obstruction, and collected N3,000 from the owner of the vehicle.”
He said a Motorola GP 340 security walkie-talkie and money was recovered from the suspect.
Egbeyemi, while advising Lagosians to be vigilant of the activities of men such as Adeleye, urged them to report to law enforcement agencies when anybody tried to extort money them.
According to Egbeyemi, the Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edagl, has ordered the immediate prosecution of the suspect.