Illegal Road Blockage for Social Gatherings Will Face Crackdown in Ogun State, Warns TRACE Chief

Addressing the matter in a statement released from the state capital, Abeokuta, Ogunyemi reiterated the illegality of such actions under sections six and seven of the law that established TRACE

In a firm stance against the obstruction of public roads for social gatherings, Seni Ogunyemi, the Commander and Chief Executive Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), has issued a stern warning to residents of the state

Ogunyemi emphasized that the practice of blocking roads in the guise of organizing social events or parties is not only unlawful but poses a significant threat to public safety.

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Addressing the matter in a statement released from the state capital, Abeokuta, Ogunyemi reiterated the illegality of such actions under sections six and seven of the law that established TRACE. 

He condemned the pervasive belief among offenders that obtaining permits from local governments somehow justifies road blockages, asserting that these permits are exclusively for organizing social gatherings and do not entitle individuals to impede public thoroughfares.

“It is illegal to block roads for social parties,” Ogunyemi declared, denouncing the behavior as an act of lawlessness. “TRACE must be involved to ensure a free flow of traffic at such social gatherings.”

Furthermore, Ogunyemi clarified that TRACE’s primary objective is not revenue generation but rather ensuring adherence to traffic laws and safeguarding public order. 

However, individuals found contravening these laws may be referred to appropriate authorities, such as the Ministry of Health, for psychiatric evaluation.

Highlighting the agency’s jurisdiction, Ogunyemi emphasized that TRACE is authorized to operate on all roads within Ogun State, including federal highways. While their duties include checking vehicle documents, he clarified that “stop and search” operations are beyond their mandate. 

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He emphasized the professionalism and round-the-clock dedication of TRACE officers and personnel. Ogunyemi’s remarks come amid growing concerns over the recurring practice of road blockages during social events, which not only disrupt traffic flow but also pose safety risks to commuters. 

By reiterating the legal prohibitions against such actions and underscoring TRACE’s role in maintaining order on the roads, he signals the agency’s commitment to enforcing traffic regulations and ensuring public safety.

The warning serves as a reminder to residents and event organizers alike that the misuse of public roads for private purposes will not be tolerated.

As the chief enforcer of traffic laws in Ogun State, TRACE remains steadfast in its mission to uphold order and promote responsible conduct on the roads.

In conclusion, Ogunyemi’s directive underscores the imperative of compliance with traffic regulations and the consequences of flouting the law. 

It sends a clear message that obstructing public roads for social gatherings will face crackdowns and legal repercussions in Ogun State, signaling a renewed commitment to road safety and law enforcement in the region.

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