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Aged woman, mother, toddler, others survive as taskforce go after commercial drivers.


The activities of the Nigerian Police task force in Lagos yesterday came under heavy criticism as many escape death by a whisker in Charity Bus Stop, Oshodi, Lagos at about 8:30a.m.


The task force team in a 14 seat bus painted in green and white stormed the bus stop where the bus drivers were picking passengers going to Mile 2, on getting to the spot, the four-men police team were flashing their guns demanding the drivers to come down from their buses, and on sighting them, the drivers in Hobbs and Shaw style drove away thereby knocking off the wares of an aged woman who was there to display her market.
  The police team chased the drivers and only stopped the chase closed to the Airport Road flyover bridge when a woman, Chinelo Nwabuzor and her toddler son fell off one of the buses.
  It will be recalled that the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Solomon Arase in 2015 banned the use of commercial vehicles for police patrols and other operations due to the enormous negative consequences associated with such practices as complained by members of the public.
  It is common practice, as witnessed especially in some states, that police officers are seen carrying out patrol duties using commercial vehicles. This has on several occasions misled members of the public to walk into traps set by armed robbers dressed in police uniforms, operating with sometimes painted taxis.
When The Guardian contacted the police DTO in Makinde Police station, she promised to look into the matter as she was not available at the time. 

  

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