The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Benjamin Hundeyin, responded to a driver’s claims of being arrested for traffic violations while following Google Maps. The driver, Oyiga Michael, had sought help on social media, stating that he was apprehended by the police in Ijesha for allegedly going against traffic rules based on Google Maps guidance.
According to Michael, the police insisted on penalizing them, even after explaining that the navigation app led them astray. While Michael was eventually released, his car was impounded at the Cele Police Station, and the police allegedly demanded ₦30,000 for its release.
Reacting to the situation on social media, Hundeyin emphasized that ignorance and reliance on Google Maps are not valid excuses under the law. He urged individuals to stay calm and let the legal process take its course.
Hundeyin clarified that the police are responsible for enforcing laws, not creating them. He addressed the allegation of a bribe demand, stating, “They must not pay the bribe. It is an offence to give a bribe. It is, however, very okay to pay a fine. And that would be in court, not a police station.”
In response, Michael acknowledged the mistake, stating, “It was a mistake from our end, and we have perfectly learned our lesson.” He expressed hope for a favorable resolution when dealing with authorities.
On Sunday morning, Michael provided an update, thanking everyone for their support. He confirmed being fine and not detained, with plans to retrieve the impounded car on Monday. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of road awareness and adherence to traffic rules, even when relying on navigation apps.