Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Wednesday arraigned a Zenith Bank bullion van driver for driving against traffic (One-way) before Magistrate Lateef Owolabi of the Lagos State Mobile Court sitting at Bolade, Oshodi, Lagos.
CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, chairman of the agency disclosed that the driver of the bullion van was apprehended by the enforcement team of the taskforce between Brown Street towards Cappa area of Oshodi.
The chairman disclosed furher that the driver of the bullion van with registration number HK 218 EKY (Mr. Bamidele Ezekiel of Zenith Bank) admitted to have driven against traffic (one-way) in a statement.
According to the chairman “It is imperative to urgently re-orientate these bullion van drivers on the need to abide by all traffic regulations and stop the habit of driving against traffic across the State”
He confirmed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that the arrested bullion van driver be immediately charged to court.
The driver of the bullion van (Mr. Bamidele Ezekiel 46yrs) said he committed the offence with one Mr. Kehinde Babalola (Manager of Zenith Bulk Teller) in a bid to deliver money to his destination on time and that he never knew that he would be caught.
According to the driver “Yes i drove one-way and I’m appealing to the government to please temper justice with mercy as i promise never to do such again in my life.”
Meanwhile, the driver was charged before for the alleged offence of driving in a direction prohibited by law (one-way) punishable under Part (III) item 27 of the Transport Sector Law of Lagos State 2018.
The defendant admitted his ‘guilt’ when the charge was read to him, on asking him to affairm his plea of ‘Guilt’ he changed and said he was not ‘Guilty again.
While the plea of ‘Not Guilty’ was entered by the court against the defendant, the case was adjourned till July 30, 2019 for ‘Commencement of Trial’ by the magistrate.