A lot of road users (in Lagos) have come to assume that traffic laws are just some sort of textbook literature that has no life and even when it has life, they are above the law.
Among the many traffic laws is the clear prohibition of unauthorized vehicles plying the lanes dedicated for the Bus Rapid Transit buses ferrying commuters. Even law enforcement officers are not allowed its usage but many people consistently flout this well publicized law. At a point, the former Governor of Lagos State, His Excellency, Raji Fashola caught a colonel of the Nigerian Army using the lane and he was properly embarrassed and punished, yet, some ‘rambos’ continued unhindered.
|Grasscutters serving their punishment. Image courtesy of Pulse Ng
But the long arms of the law have flexed and caught seven of such offenders who have been given public shaming and manual labour as punishment. According to Sugar Daily
, 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 are as follows:
- Kimi Egbekun (34) driver of Toyota RAV 4 with number plate LSD 318 DJ
- Daniel Chimmezie (24), Toyota Hilux – number plate KTU 780 BR;
- Sodiq Musa (50) Toyota Corolla FG 688 A42
- Felemi Moses (41) Mitsubishi L200 AKD 132 XD
- Idris Olewale (22) KIA Pregio SMK 33XL
- Obasi Emeka (42) Toyota Camry LND 186 DB and
- 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.