Police Suspend Operation Velvet Temporarily in Lagos


The Lagos State Police Command has suspended Operation Velvet for one month.
The period of grace was announced by the spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, Chike Oti.

According to Oti, the one month grace was for motorists to regularise their vehicle documents.

In a statement on Tuesday, Oti said the command suspended the exercise based on the appeal of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

He said: “The authorities of the Lagos State Police Command have suspended the ongoing Operation Velvet for a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, October 30, 2018, to enable motor vehicle and motorcycle owners’ to have time to regularise their documents.
“The operation, aimed at enforcing all relevant traffic laws to restore orderliness on our roads and highways, was put on hold for a period of one month based on the appeal of the executive Governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, and the honourable members of the state House of Assembly.

“However, the command wishes to warn all road users that the grace period should not be interpreted as a period of lawlessness on the city roads. It is a time allowed to get the vehicle documents and necessary permits.

“It warns that the command will continue to enforce laws against driving on BRT lanes, parking at unauthorised places thereby causing gridlock and driving against traffic (one way).”