Operation Velvet Underway; No Soft Touch Here

THE LAGOS STATE POLICE HAVE DECIDED TO TAKE EXTRA MEASURES TO RESTORE SANITY TO LAGOS ROADS

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I’m just sitting in front of my keyboard and laughing; wonders shall never end in Nigeria. Lagosians are no longer driving their cars and they have quickly opted to ride the bus or patronize Uber and Taxify. No one wants to risk spending useful man hours sitting behind a police counter. Little wonder why the roads were so free when I was driving to work today. Normally I’d spend at least 120 minutes on the road to get to my office, no thanks to the heavy traffic every morning but today it took me 23 minutes, you can imagine how excited I was. It was smooth sailing all the way and here is why.

 Source: Premium Times NG

Source: Premium Times NG

So the police in conjunction with agencies such as Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) have enforced an Operation Restore Sanity to Lagos Roads a.k.a. Operation Velvet in a view to tackle the perennial gridlock in the commercial capital of Nigeria, Lagos state. They have realized that a large number of motorists in the Lagos do not obey traffic rules and do not have the basic requirements to ply the roads and as such they have chosen to dealing commuters a hard card.

Starting today, if you are pulled over and found without requirements such as valid driver’s license, your vehicle documents, fire extinguisher, jack, wheel spanner and caution sign, among others, you will be arraigned before mobile courts which have been set up around the city for this purpose, and you stand the risk of having your vehicle impounded or worst case scenario, you’ll be arrested.

A lot of people have come forth to say that although this is a good initiative but it is ill-timed as they should have given motorists time to ensure that all requirements are in order and they added that it is a plot from the state government to garner money for the yuletide.

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