55 people, mainly miscreants and street traders, were convicted by the Mobile Court sitting in Ogba, Lagos, on Tuesday. This was just as the Lagos State Task Force and Mobile Court, which operated at Mile 12 to Ikorodu and its environs, arrested several others for traffic offences and were consequently convicted to various terms of imprisonment or fines by the special court under Magistrate Nurudeen Layeni.
They included three commercial bus drivers, seven motorcyclists, nine tricycle operators and three traffic light offenders. The 55 people, who were brought from various Police Divisions across the state, according to the Public Affairs Officer, Adebayo Taofiq, were later convicted to three months imprisonment, with an option of N5,000 fine each, after being found guilty of offences as charged.
The Task Force further disclosed that three of the commercial bus drivers were arrested for picking and dropping passengers at unauthorised bus-stop, and were each fined of N15,000 and six months imprisonment, with 48-hour community services in lieu of six months imprisonment. The other driver of unpainted commercial bus, who was said to have plied one-way, had his vehicle impounded and fined a sum of N20,000.
The agency said the seven motorcyclists were arrested for plying restricted routes and convicted to two years imprisonment, with an option of N10,000 fine each, while the four tricycle operators, who were arrested for obstructing traffic at Ikorodu roundabout, were sentenced to a term of six months imprisonment each or a fine of N10,000 as an option.
The three arrested traffic light offenders were discharged and acquitted due to lack of diligent prosecution and evidence by the prosecuting counsel.