The police in Lagos have pledged to begin the full enforcement of the state Traffic Law, warning that nobody would be spared.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Abubakar Umar Manko, who disclosed this Thursday after a meeting with the state Security Council at the Lagos House Marina, said the delay in the enforcement was in order to allow for public enlightenment and other requirements to be put in place to ensure easy compliance by members of the public.
Fielding questions from journalists after the meeting, the police boss explained, "Since the governor signed the law, it has become law. The fact that it has not been massively enforced does not mean that it is not in existence. So we have just finished a meeting. Everybody now knows there is a new law and that it is going to be fully enforced."
According to him, "Government has done its part, public enlightenment has been made, road repairs are going on and there are traffic signs everywhere, therefore, no citizen has the right to say that he does not know. The police are going to start the enforcement in full and nobody is going to be spared."
Promising that members of his command would not disobey the law, Manko declared, "We are going to start full enforcement and we expect compliance to this law from everybody. The contents have been made public, so excuse of ignorance of the law is no more there."
On "EMBER" months, the commissioner, who described them as no different from other months of the year, said although there may be some challenges, the police was fully prepared and would come out en masse to ensure that public peace was not disturbed.
Also speaking on behalf of the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command and Air Officer, Logistics Command, Commander 9 Brigade, Ikeja, Cantonment, Brigadier General Pat Akem, said the Armed Forces would sensitise and inform their members to know that they are also subject to the law that has been assented to by the governor and that compliance is expected from them.
According to him, their members would be made to understand that failure to comply to the law would be viewed very seriously as they are also operating under a democratic dispensation adding, "We will inform our soldiers, our ratings and our air men that they are expected to obey the law and that violation of the law would be viewed very seriously. In fact, they are expected to collaborate with other enforcement agencies to enforce the law."
Also present at the briefing were the Commanding Officer, NNS Beecroft, Navy Commodore Martins Njoku; Commander, 435 Base Services Group, Nigeria Air Force, Air Commodore Tony Omenyi, Director of State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Ben Olayi and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (rtd).