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Getting Commercial Buses Registered With Govt Will End ‘One Chance’, Kalejaiye Tells Sanwo-Olu

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Akin Olayemi

Lagos traditional head, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye has called on the Lagos State Government and the Ministry of Transportation to revisit the issue of registration of commercial buses and cars operating in the State.

Kalejaiye made the call following recurring incidences of ‘One Chance’ in which passengers are robbed and kidnapped while journeying through Lagos roads.

According to him, getting all commercial buses and private cars operating as commercial in the State registered with the Transport Ministry and having their assigned numbers boldly written on both sides of the buses will reduce cases of armed robbery and kidnap.

While commenting on the spate of traffic robbery in the State, High Chief Kalejaiye during an interview with newsexplorersng.com said armed robbery incidences using private cars and buses are becoming rampart across the State.

However, to stem the tide of ‘One Chance’ in the State, he appealed to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the State Commissioner for Transportation to make registration of all buses and cars operating in the State mandatory and also deploy task force team to ensure that their assigned registration numbers are boldly written on both sides of the buses/cars.

He said, “At this hour, I am calling on His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the State Commissioner for Transport to urgently address the recurring trend of ‘One Chance’ across Lagos State.

Many Lagosians are being robbed and kidnapped every day using private cabs and mini commercial buses. To curb this ugly trend, I am appealing to the governor and Commissioner for Transport to make it mandatory for all commercial buses operating in the State to be registered with the Transport Ministry and have their assigned registration number written boldly on all sides of the buses.

With this, passengers will be assured of their safety because they have the number of the bus they entered and in the case of any robbery or kidnap, the driver and the bus owner can easily be traced.

We know plate number is for the identification of individual car or bus but it is too tiny and cannot be easily seen from afar.

Also law that check these excesses exist in Lagos State but it is yet to be fully enforced. I am therefore calling for the enforcement of the law for the safety of the general public.

We need to do what is right. The evil doers are on rampage, terrorising innocent Lagosians. Recently, on a live programme on RadioLagos, a woman called in, lamenting how she was robbed in a Sienna bus she entered. I have also heard several of such cases.

And the funniest part of this is that these criminals are getting away with this crime. We know there is hardship in the land but going into crime and armed robbery isn’t the way out. But if criminals insistent on getting involved in crime, it is for the government and relevant agencies to use the long arm of the law to catch up with them.

Cases of car robbery and kidnap are common along Maryland, Bariga and the Lekki-Ajah corridor. I am sure the Lagos Police Command is aware of this. Also, I know they are doing their bit to curb crime in Lagos State but I want them to up their game in crime bustling.

Lagosians are living in fear. They travel on Lagos roads with their hearts in their mouths. They need to be secured on the roads and in their homes.

So I am calling on the Transport agency to revisit the issue of registration of commercial buses because once these buses and cars are registered, and their numbers are written boldly on both sides of the buses and cars, it will surely bring to an end ‘One Chance’ and cases of kidnap on Lagos roads.”

 

 

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