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JUST IN: One way: Lagos motorist demands N10m compensation for impounded car

A motorist, Adeolu Oyinlola, has demanded the sum of N10m as compensation from the Lagos State Government over the seizure of his vehicle by the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, aka task force.

PUNCH Metro had reported that Oyinlola’s driver, Sunday Emem, while driving him on the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway on August 14, 2021, was accosted by one of four policemen around the BOC Gases area, Oshodi, for allegedly passing a uni-directional road (one way).

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According to Oyinlola, there was no indication on the road that it was uni-directional and efforts to explain to the policemen that there was no such indication proved abortive.

The motorist’s claim was confirmed by our correspondent who visited the area and spoke to residents.

Oyinlola, who is the Executive Director of the Advocacy for Societal Rights Advancement and Development Initiative, alleged that his vehicle was impounded after he refused to part with the money demanded by the officers.

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Emem was later charged before a mobile court on one count bordering on driving against traffic before Magistrate L.K.J. Layeni.

Layeni, while delivering judgement on November 25, discharged and acquitted Emem of the charge of driving against traffic and ordered the release of the vehicle.

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