Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) surffered a huge loss in the hands of some commercial motorcyclists (okada riders) at the weekend in Apapa.
The windscreens and headlight of four of its trucks and two Toyota Hilux vans were damaged by the okada riders, while its officials were trying to arrest those who did not participate in Saturday’s environmental sanitation.
The agency’s driver was wounded on the head.
Some okada riders were arrested over the incident.
A statement by the task force’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Taofiq Adebayo, quoted the chairman, Olayinka Egbeyemi, a Superintendent of Police (SP) as saying that the operatives impounded 27 motorcycles and arrested five Okada riders, described as Chadian and Nigerien.
Egbeyemi urged Apapa residents to cooperate with the agency in sanitising the community.
Those arrested are Belo Sheu, 17, Ali Don, 20, Aminu Ataru, 22, Musa Yahusa, 15, and Saliu Musa, 30.
Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni has directed that those arrested be charged to court.
“During the month of October, the agency arrested 1750 miscreants. 300 were screened out, while the remaining 1450 were charged to courts. 1105 motorcycles plying restricted routes across the state were impounded,” the statement said.