SWITZERLAND, SEPTEMBER 01 – The Lagos State Police Command has released the 123 men who were intercepted in a truck with 48 bikes by Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce.
According to the Lagos State Environment Sanitation and Special Offenses Taskforce, the men were coming from Jigawa State.
The truck was seized at Agege area of the state following a tip-off by members of the public who raised security concern about the manner with which the occupants of the truck conducted themselves.
It was gathered that after the interception, the truck and its occupants were moved to the office of the taskforce in Oshodi for interrogation.
After the interception, the truck and its occupants were moved to the office of the taskforce in Oshodi for interrogation.
According to the chairman of Lagos State Taskforce, Yinka Egbeyemi, some of the men said they came to Lagos in search of greener pastures.
Egbeyemi said that the Lagos Police Command had directed that a fact-finding panel be constituted to profile the detained occupants of the truck, but he added that nothing incriminating was found on them apart from the motorcycles.
Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Bala Ikhana, who spoke with Daily Trust after their release said after profiling of the men, nothing incriminating was found on them.
He said the suspicion and subsequent interception of the truck arose from the manner they came in, in large number sardined in a truck.
Former Director-General of the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Joe Abah, in a tweet on Saturday, criticised Lagos authorities over the interception.