The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Task Force) has said it is not responsible for the death of a young man which happened in the Oshodi area of the state on Tuesday morning.
In a statement issued on the official Twitter handle of the Lagos State Government, the Task Force described the social media reports blaming it for the death as false.
It said the young man died as a result of the reckless driving of a traffic defaulter who hit him with his vehicle while trying to flee from operatives of the Task Force.
The statement said, “Early this morning, a commercial bus driver was illegally loading passengers by the roadside in Oshodi and, on noticing the presence of a Lagos Task Force vehicle, took off recklessly at a high speed, knocking down the innocent young man who was trying to cross the expressway.
“Despite warnings and enlightenment campaigns about the dangers of violating traffic laws, commercial drivers have continued to flout the law and put the lives of commuters at risk. This violation of the law led to the death that occurred in Oshodi.
“No gunshot was fired within the vicinity as being rumoured on social media. Members of the public are advised to refrain from believing false information released online by mischievous individuals who are out to cause public disorder and unrest in Lagos.
“The Lagos State Government sympathises with the family of the deceased young man. The reckless commercial bus driver will be apprehended and prosecuted in accordance with the law.”