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Disappointments Tears rented the air as the Lagos State Government auctioned vehicles with Traffic Violation status

At least 134 vehicles confiscated for various traffic offences were up for sale.

Physical observation where the Development is taking place shows several families were thrown into tears, disappointments where anxieties rented the air, as owners watch the means of their livelihood being auctioned

More Diverstating was the case of a widow, Dorothy Dike and her son, Osinachi Ndukwe, who wept openly as they begged for a price reduction.

It was a sad sight beyond as their only vehicle bought at the rate of N1.8.million on hired purchase was auctioned for N450,000. In fact, but for their wailing, it could have gone up more.

More pathetic is the fact that Osinachi had earlier spent three years in prison for the same traffic offence, during which he lost his child.

Urban Express News gathered that his case and that of a few others have been the subject of discussion among Nigerians, who feel that the law is too harsh on the offenders.

The Taskforce spokesperson, Gbadeyan Abdulraheem, in a statement on Thursday, explained that the enforcement team in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Justice “auctioned 134 forfeited and abandoned vehicles at the Taskforce compound in Alausa, Ikeja.”

Abdulraheem said the vehicles were seized for various traffic offences, ranging from

 “The Coordinator of the Lagos State Special Offenses Mobile Court was present at the Auction venue; she said the exercise was seamless and well organized and also disclosed that all 134 vehicles on display had gone through due process of the COURT OF LAW before being forfeited,” Gawat tweeted on Thursday.

According to him, the auction exercise is to discourage the public from committing crimes or traffic punishable offences as no one would be spared if found wanting. He said he hoped that the exercise would serve as a deterrent to other road users who are fond of driving against traffic.

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