Alimosho local government has come under fire over alleged illegal extortion of vehicle owners by officials of the council.
Some residents berated the council administration while reacting to a post on social media by Segun Awosanya, an activist popularly known as Segalink, on a recent complaint from an affected motorist.
In a post he shared via his Twitter handle @segalink on Wednesday, December 11, the activist narrated how the motorist, who he did not name, was arrested by some persons claiming to be officials of the local government over “illegal parking”.
According to the post, the unnamed motorist was apprehended by the men for parking his Hyundai vehicle with registration number KSF 90 DEJ at Vulcaniser Bus stop and forced to pay N10,000 as fine.
Awosanya said that the motorist’s explanation that his vehicle’s battery had partial contact, which forced him to park by the roadside to check it, fell on deaf ears.
The activist described the ticket issued to the motorist as an “illegality”.
“This right here is an illegality. No LGA is empowered to tax or fine any citizen under any guise. The Traffic Management Structure is vested in the State and even at that you have the rights to challenge this or (waive) your rights to do so. Report this,” Awosanya said.
This right here is an illegality. No LGA is empowered to tax or fine any citizen under any guise. The Traffic Management Structure is vested in the State and even at that you have the rights to challenge this or wave your rights to do so. Report this. #EndGoSlow #KeepLagosMoving pic.twitter.com/Vk8DB6hHTt
— SEGA L'éveilleur®🚨 (@segalink) December 11, 2019
In a series of reactions, some residents stated that such acts were a regular occurrence in the area.
“I have been in the same situation. I parked my car by the roadside to answer a call, these thugs called local government boys forced their way into my car and manhandled me.
“They took me to their office at Akowonjo roundabout. I was made to pay 10k before my car was released,” a resident, Adidi Williams, said.
Another resident, Rotimi Ogundana, stated that it was a common thing that needed to be stopped.
“This is a common thing in Alimosho Local Government Area. I think it’s high time it is stopped,” he said.
When contacted for his reaction on Thursday, December 12, the Special Adviser on Media to the Alimosho Council Chairman, Mr. Jamiu Ayinde, promised to get back to this reporter. He has yet to do so at the time of filing this report.