The Lagos State government has said that the release of impounded vehicles as directed by the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will not be effected until the lockdown order is lofted by the Federal Government.

This was made known by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen.

The statement reads, “The attention of the Lagos State government has been drawn to visits by motorists to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA; Vehicle Inspection Services, VIS; and Task Force offices for the release of their impounded vehicles as directed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”

Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu has ordered the release of all vehicles impounded for minor offences from 1st March 2020 to 14th April, 2020, in addition to other palliative measures introduced to cushion the effect of lack of economic activities in the state due to the lockdown.​

Omotoso added, “For the avoidance of doubt, the governor’s directive does not invalidate the lockdown as imposed by the Federal Government.

“Concerned motorists are, therefore, not expected to visit the offices of LASTMA, VIS and Task Force for the release of their impounded vehicles until the lockdown order is lifted by the Federal Government.

“Please stay at home and ensure social distancing as well as regular washing of hands with soap and running water to prevent further spread of the Coronavirus disease.”

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