The operatives of the Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences have nabbed an estate agent defrauding innocent members of the public with documents printed on fake Lagos State Government letter head papers.
The Chairman of the task force, SP Olayinka Egbeyemi, while parading the suspect on Sunday, said he was apprehended based on a complaint from one Mr Nurudeen Duroti, who resides at No 34, Olumo St., Papa Ashafa, Agege, Lagos.
Egbeyemi said that the complainant reported to his office that he was served a ‘Quit Notice’ issued on a paper with Lagos State Task Force letter head.
The chairman said that after the agency carefully investigated the document on which the ‘Quit Notice’ was served, it was discovered to be a fake one.
He said that a thorough search was later carried out on the residence of the suspect at 48, Shita St., Dopemu, Agege where the agency recovered packs of neatly printed fake Lagos State Government documents.
“We are advising the public to be wary of some dubious elements within the society who specialise in impersonating and duping people with fake Lagos State Ministries, Departments and Agencies letter head documents.
“And we are reminding residents facing any form of victimisation or harassment by any suspected landlord/landlady to always visit the ‘Lagos State Citizens Mediation Centre’ under the Lagos State Ministry of Justice.
“This is where matters between landlords and tenants, mutual disputes, employer and employee, among others, are being mediated and settled,” he said.
Egbeyemi said the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, had directed that the suspect be transferred to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Fan Milk Industry on Sunday donated 1000 units of security reflective vests to the task force to enhance law enforcement in the state.
Egbeyemi, while receiving the vests, thanked the management of Fan Milk Industry for supporting the agency.
He said that the agency would continue to enforce the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Laws on street trading and traders displaying their wares indiscriminately on roads and walkways.
“The Lagos State Road Traffic Laws, 2012 is still being enforced on commercial drivers and private car owners who obstruct free flow of traffic or drive against traffic across the state.
“We also call on Fan Milk operators not to constitute environmental nuisance across the state by parking their bicycles indiscriminately, thereby causing obstructions on our roads.
“Ensuring security requires collaborative efforts by all, and we are calling on well-meaning individuals and corporate bodies to support the agency in the area of security apparatus as government alone cannot do it,” Egbeyemi said.
Earlier, Mr Hans Pedersen, Managing Director of the industry, said the company donated the vests after they identified occupational hazards as one of the main issues during any of the agency’s operations and enforcement.
Pedersen said the donation was part of the company’s social responsibility to the community, which has contributed a lot to the growth of the company since its establishment.