Court Sentences 7 Lagosians To Cut Grass For Driving On Brt Lane

BRT lane law

The Special Offences Court in April sentenced seven drivers to one hour community service for violating the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) law. Consequently, they were asked to cut the grass on the football field at the Ministry of Youth and Social Development remand home at Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos.

Magistrate Olabisi Kushanu warned the drivers to desist from plying the BRT lanes or face harder sanction if rearrested. He also fined them.

The offenders were as follows:

1.Kimi Egbekun (34) driver of Toyota RAV 4 with number plate LSD 318 DJ
2.Daniel Chimmezie (24), Toyota Hilux – number plate KTU 780 BR;
3.Sodiq Musa (50) Toyota Corolla FG 688 A42
4.Felemi Moses (41) Mitsubishi L200 AKD 132 XD
5.Idris Olewale (22) KIA Pregio SMK 33XL
6. Obasi Emeka (42) Toyota Camry LND 186 DB and
7.Bucky Olapade (40) Golf CH225 APP.

They were apprehended inside the BRT lanes at Anthony area of Lagos State by Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials. They pleaded guilty to a count charge of BRT violation and admitted to regular use of the corridor to meet deadlines or beat traffic gridlocks associated with carriage way.

Egbekun said he was caught on his first attempt.

According to them, the punishment has humbled them.

LASTMA General Manager Babatunde Edu, said the agency will not relent on ensuring free flow of traffic in the state.

“We don’t have to wait for the uniformed men before we do the right thing. We should all adopt the culture of self-discipline on road usage. We are determined to do more enlightenment and little enforcement to bring sanity to the roads,” he said. He Urged motorists in the state to cooperate with the traffic officers.

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