Barely one day after commencement, the Lagos State Police command has suspended the Operation Restore Sanity on Lagos Roads, also known as Operation Velvet for one month with effect from 30th October, 2018.
A statement from the command’s spokesman, Mr. Chike Oti said that the temporary suspension to enable motor vehicle and motorcycle owners time to regularize their documents.
The statement noted that the operation, aimed at enforcing all relevant traffic laws to restore orderliness on Lagos roads and highways, was put on hold for a month period based on the appeal of the executive governor of the state, His excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the honourable members of the state house of assembly.
It however warned all road users that the grace period should not be interpreted as a period of lawlessness on the city roads even as it explained it was a time allowed to get the vehicle documents and necessary permits together.
It further warned that the command would continue to enforce laws against driving on BRT lanes, parking at unauthorized places thereby causing gridlock and driving against traffic (one way).
It will be recalled that the Lagos State Police command had last Saturday at a meeting with all transport unions and stakeholders, announced the launch of the operation with implementation scheduled to start on Monday this week. However, the Lagos State Governor, Akinwumi Ambode and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly prevailed on the command to suspend the exercise to enable motorist more time to get all the necessary document and get prepared for the operation.
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