Even after the Lagos State Mobile Courts, a week after it was inaugurated convicted no fewer than 41 offenders arrested by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force) for various traffic and street trading offences were convicted, some residents are beginning to question the purpose for its establishment.
The mobile court which is equipped with all facilities needed in a courtroom was inaugurated on February 6, by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade, to summarily deal with growing cases of traffic and environmental abuses in the state with the view to bring sanity and civility in the conduct of residents.
The mobile court manned by highly-qualified magistrates of the state judiciary has been described as a progressive development considering the growing cases of traffic and environmental abuses in the state.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, speaking during the launch of the Mobile Court, said it is one of the ways through which the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode aims to broaden the pathway that guaranty citizens’ access to justice and at the same time ensure the preservation of civility in the society.
He said that the development was an institutional reaction to identified societal challenges, and that henceforth traffic offenders such as motorcyclists who drive against traffic and refused to obey traffic signs like zebra crossing and traffic light indication, would no longer find it easy to get away with if found guilty of such crimes in the state.