Extortion: LASTMA officers to Answer For Their Crimes

INSIDEMAINLAND– The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has summoned three officers to appear before an investigation panel for alleged driver extortion.

Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, General Manager of LASTMA, stated this in a statement issued on Sunday by the LASTMA Public Affairs Unit in Lagos.

Oreagba revealed that the agency had summoned all officials named in the case to appear before a seven-member investigation panel formed to thoroughly investigate the allegations as published.

LASTMA was responding to an allegation that LASTMA officials used trumped-up charges to crack down on motorists.

The agency’s officials were accused of extorting N13, 000, N15, 000, and N20,000 from various commercial bus drivers in Lagos.

Oreagba went on to say that the panel would thoroughly examine all evidence contained in the allegation.

He reiterated that any official found guilty would face the consequences specified in the State Civil Service rules.

“We have set up a seven-man investigation panel to thoroughly look into those alleged extortions leveled against some of our officials.

“I assure the public that the outcome of the panel would be made public.

“We have it on record that some of our officials alleged to be found wanting for official misconduct or unethical behavior recently are currently facing disciplinary panel.

“The management would not condone any act of indiscipline from any official,” Oreagba said.

He urged the public to always file complaints with evidence against any misbehaving officials through the Agency’s complaint hotlines: (08100565860/08174722227/08129928597).

The General manager, on the other hand, stressed that many LASTMA officials were dedicated, conscientious, and professional in their duties.

He cited that this was observed during the LASTMA connect program on Traffic Radio, with many Lagosians commending traffic control personnel for their efforts.

The LASTMA chief advised Lagos motorists to follow traffic regulations in order to avoid breaking the law.

Oreagba emphasized that some violators were fond of offering bribes to traffic officials in order to avoid prosecution, not realizing that the law frowned on both the giver and the taker.

He added that any motorists with genuine complaints or reports should also contact LASTMA through the Agency’s various social media channels (Instagram- ekolastma), (Twitter- @followlastma), (email-info@lastmalagos.com), (Facebook- ekolastma), and (email- info@lastmalagos.com) (YouTube – LastmaTV).

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