Rapid Response Squad (RRS) operatives yesterday arrested three vehicles including a bullion van and scores of Okada riders for plying the designated BRT lanes.
The alleged offenders were arrested in Mile 12, Ikorodu Road and Mile 2 areas of Lagos.
According to a RRS official, many of them were rushing to get to their various places of work on time and couple with the usual traffic gridlock; they decided to ply the BRT lanes to beat the traffic snarl.
Some of them on sighting the operatives, The Nation learnt took to their heels but were apprehended.
Commuters, motorists and bystanders watched as the operatives chased the offenders.
The RRS official said: “in a situation like this, whenever private motorists see us coming, they reverse and try to avoid arrest and after apprehended, they gave excuses and pleading to attract public sympathy.”
He urged other road users to always give way whenever RRS officials are chasing traffic offenders.
“Whenever a traffic offender is being chased, don’t stop to watch because you could be contributing to traffic congestion; better still, please give way, because we don’t have to pass through one-way to apprehend culprits,” he said.
According to him, the action is going to be carried out daily to ensure sanity on the road, adding “We cannot continue to tolerate lawlessness on the road; majority of the commercial bus drivers signals their colleagues plying BRT lanes or driving against traffic that the RRS officials are around; some just turn back or reverse. This happens almost every day, but because work starts on Mondays, everyone will be in haste to get to their various destinations, then passing through the opposite lane.”
Those arrested, he said, have been handed over to the Lagos Task Force, who will refer them to the Mobile Court.
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