LASTMA Officials Recover Gun Inside Vehicle Impounded For Driving Against Traffic In Lagos

 

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Thursday recovered a gun (Pump Action) inside an unregistered vehicle (Honda) impounded for driving against traffic (One-way) in Lagos.

The General Manager of LASTMA Mr. Bolaji Oreagba disclosed that the impounded unregistered vehicle (Black Honda) was apprehended by the patrol team of the Agency while driving against traffic (one-way) around Sango-Tedo inward Abijo G.R.A Along Lagos-Epe Expressway.

Mr. Oreagba disclosed further that Police men attached to Lastma officers on routine patrol around Lagos-Epe Expressway were immediately alerted about the incident for confirmation.


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According to the General Manager “In no time that the owner/driver of the unregistered impounded vehicle (Honda) noticed that the gun (Pump Action) had been sighted inside his car he immediately took to his heel and was nowhere to be found anymore”

“The unregistered impounded vehicle (Honda car) with the recovered gun had been handed over to the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Ilasan Police Station for further investigations.

Mr Oreagba however appealed to members of the public to be security conscious as the year is coming to an end and must ensure that they reported any suspected strange movement within their environment to any nearby security agent of government.

Fuel Scarcity Not Excuse To Block Roads, LASTMA Warns Motorists

Fuel queues surfaced in Lagos on Tuesday, February 8, 2022.
Fuel queues have surfaced in Lagos

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has cautioned motorists against causing serious traffic gridlock while queuing up for fuel at filling stations.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, issued the warning on Tuesday while deploying more Officers of the Authority on monitoring traffic around filling stations across the State.

A statement by the Director of the Public Affairs & Enlightenment Department at LASTMA, Adebayo Taofiq, quoted him as saying that the deployment became imperative following reports of long queues around filling stations caused by motorists parking indiscriminately.

Oreagba expressed displeasure at the disorderly behaviour of some drivers, who queue up haphazardly and disrupt traffic flow around various petrol stations.

“The scarcity of fuel being experienced is not an excuse to block and impede traffic flows across Lagos,” he said

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The LASTMA boss added, “We want our roads to be free; we do not want fuel queues to constitute a burden for other road users in Lagos.”

He reiterated that efficient traffic management has remained crucial in the attainment of a seamless multi-modal transportation system in Lagos.

But he sought maximum cooperation from the monitoring public to ensure that the ‘T.h.e.m.e.s’ agenda of the present administration yields positive results in terms of socio-economic development, as well security of lives and property.

LASTMA Can’t Impose Fine On Motorists Without Court Order – Judge 

A file photo of LASTMA officials at work.
A file photo of LASTMA officials at work

 

 

The Lagos State High Court sitting in the Ikeja area has declared as unconstitutional, the powers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to impose fines on motorists suspected to have committed traffic offenses without a valid order of the court.

Justice Olalekan Oresanya made the declaration while delivering judgment in a suit filed by a motorist, Lawal Aliyu against LASTMA, the Lagos State Government, and the state’s Attorney General.

The judge held that the applicant ought to have been arraigned before a competent court before he can be penalised for any traffic offence.

Aliyu had filed the suit seeking a declaration that the obstruction, towage seizure, and impoundment of his car with registration NO AGL 93 DW on November 23, 2021, by the LASTMA officials is unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional, and the same amount to gross violation of his fundamental right to freedom of movement enshrined in section 41 of the 1999 constitution.

The applicant also asked the court for a declaration that the forceful imposition and enforcement of LASTMA fine in the sum of N20,000.00 and LASTMA Towing Fine in the sum of N10,000.00 on the Applicant by the respondents without an order of a court of competent jurisdiction, is unlawful, illegal unconstitutional and a breach of his right to fair hearing as enshrined in section 36 of the 1999 constitution.

He further demanded for the sum of N5m as damages against the respondents jointly and severally for breach of his fundamental rights.

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In his judgment, Justice Oresanya identified and resolved all three issues in the matter in favour of the Aliyu, relying on Sections 34, 36, and 41 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), among others.

On issue one regarding the question of whether the obstruction, towage, seizure and impoundment of the applicant’s car was unlawful, the court held that from the available evidence, the respondents failed to establish any fact to justify their action and that there was no part of the Lagos State Traffic Management Law (2018) that permits the derogation of the applicant’s right to freedom of movement.

The judge also held, “public authorities and bodies cannot act in a manner that is inconsistent and incompatible with the fundamental rights of citizens as guaranteed by the constitution, which is the grundnorm;

“Even in the jurisdiction where parliamentary laws/statutes are supreme, such as the United Kingdom, public bodies must not act in a manner that is incompatible with the conventional rights of citizens as embodied in the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) which has now been incorporated into the Human Rights Act 1998, the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right being an equivalent of the ECHR and which has now being codified into the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, 2004 being the equivalence law,” the judge held.

On the second issue regarding the fine and towing fee imposed on the applicant, the court said a careful perusal of Section 27 (1) b, c, d, and e of Traffic Management Law relied upon by the respondents revealed that LASTMA cannot impose fine without arraigning an alleged traffic offender in court and that doing so amounted to ignoring fair hearing and being a judge in one’s course.

The judge condemned LASTMA for the practice of forcefully towing vehicles of alleged traffic offenders who do not resist arrest, saying it is the height of oppression.

He held, “I must add that it is strange and bizarre that the first respondent (LASTMA) towed a serviceable vehicle in good working condition and thereby cause damage to the vehicle in the process when it has not been established that the Applicant resisted the arrest of his vehicle, only for the first respondent to subsequently impose a fine on the applicant for a service not solicited by the Applicant. To my mind, this is the height of oppression and impunity and it is condemnable.”

On the last issue, as to whether the applicant was entitled to compensation and damages for breach of his fundamental rights, the court stated that “having resolved issues one and two in favour of the applicant, it follows that the applicant is naturally entitled to damages in compensation.

“On the whole, I give judgment for the applicant in the following terms, I make a declaration that the obstruction, towage, seizure, and impoundment of the applicant’s car with Registration NO. AGL 93 DW on the 23rd November 2021 by the respondents is unlawful, illegal, and unconstitutional as same amounted to a gross violation of the applicant’s fundamental right to freedom of movement enshrined in Section 41 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).

“I make a declaration that the imposition and enforcement of LASTMA fine in the sum of N20,000.00 and LASTMA Towing fine in the sum of N10,000.00 on the applicant without an order of a court of competent jurisdiction is unlawful, Illegal and null and void and the said fines should be paid back by the respondents to the applicant.

“The sum of N750,000 compensatory damages is awarded against the Respondents for the violation of the Applicant’s fundamental rights,” Justice Oresanya held.

40 Trailers Impounded Under Lagos Flyovers – LASTMA

File photo of an impounded truck between the Costain and the Iganmu area of the state

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Monday said it impounded 40 illegally parked trailers, trucks and tankers under flyovers between the Costain and the Iganmu area of the state.

LASTMA General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, said the enforcement operations were carried out immediately after the expiration of a ‘7-day Removal Order’ served on the owners of the trucks.

Oreagba disclosed further that the level of voluntary compliance was encouraging as majority had removed their heavy duty vehicles before the commencement of the enforcement operations.

“We are very happy with the level of voluntary compliance by owner/drivers of these illegally parked trucks including other illegal workshops such as Iron benders, mechanics, food/ Fruits vendors,”he said according to a statement by LASTMA spokesman, Adebayo Taofiq.

He said the 40 impounded trailers were contravened around Ijora, Costain, Breweries and Ajegunle Park by Ijora Mobil Road area of Iganmu in Lagos.
The agency said that the owners and drivers of th impounded trailers would be charged to court accordingly.

The agency also noted that said the exercise would be continuous and be extended to other parts of the state in order checkmate criminal activities across the state.

Viral Video Of Officers Driving Against Traffic Is Not Recent – LASTMA

A grab of a LASTMA patrol van driving against traffic in a video posted by a Twitter user, @OmoGbajaBiamila

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says the video of its patrol van pictured driving against the flow of traffic in the Oworonsoki area of the state is two years ago.

A Twitter user, @OmoGbajaBiamila, posted the video on the microblogging site on Friday.

The video went hours after over 130 vehicles confiscated for traffic offenses including ‘one-way’ driving were auctioned by the Lagos State Government through its Ministry of Justice and the State Taskforce.

But in a statement on Saturday, LASTMA General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, said its “operational vehicle (RTM 08 LA Zone 25 Bariga)” captured in the video posted by the Twitter user was not recent.

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The statement partly read, “The Agency hereby states categorically that the video incident video occurred in the year 2020 before the #ENDSARS protest around Iyana-Oworo. All Officers involved have been appropriately sanctioned by the Authority.

“The patrol van with registration No. RTM 08 LA (Zone 25 Bariga) seen in the viral video was among LASTMA operational vehicles burnt alongside our office building by #EndSARS protesters at Iyana-Oworo, Lagos.

“The Agency, therefore, urges members of the public to disregard the video that was deployed to embarrass our team of hardworking officers.

“LASTMA will continue effective monitoring and control of traffic across the State, just as it will not condone indiscipline among any of its personnel.”

Before LASTMA’s comment, the Lagos State Police Command spokesman, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, in his response to the viral video said, “I just got confirmation that the entire team has been identified and summoned to @followlastma headquarters”.

Traffic Management: LASG Deploys More Bodycam For LASTMA Personnel

A file photo of LASTMA officials at work.
A file photo of LASTMA officials at work.

 

To enhance transparency in traffic management and enforcement, the Lagos State Government has deployed more body cameras to the Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) personnel.

The event which took place at the weekend during the visit of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa to the LASTMA headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos State had the LASTMA Personnel issued more body cameras with the pledge to keep them working for increased credibility and confidence in the delivering of effective traffic management and enforcement.

Explaining the reason for the redeployment of the gadgets, the Special Adviser stated that the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration has brought lots of technological innovations to address the transport challenges of the State of which the body camera was one, for accurate traffic management among many other benefits.


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Expressing his optimism of the bodycam to be able to deliver authentic traffic law violation reports or complaints as the case may be, Giwa further assured that the bodycam will provide accurate validation of any tale rendered by both the Law Enforcement Officers and Motorists, adding that the pictorial evidences will also help in investigating complaints lodged by aggrieved motorists.

On the operation of the camera, the LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba assured that the LASTMA Officers have been duly trained on the usage and so are capable of handling the gadget adding that the camera would have a significant effect on deviant behavior on the road.

He further explained that the bodycam initiative is a win-win procedure for both the Law Enforcement Officers and Motorists as the regular arguments on traffic laws violation will be put to rest through detailed recordings.

A LASTMA Officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity at the gathering informed that what thrills Officers the most about the gadget is the fact that it provides another layer of security by dissuading would-be attackers from carrying out their heinous crimes knowing they would be captured by the bodycams.

It will be recalled that the Germany made body cameras which was launched in year 2021 by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu have been found to work effectively for 12 hours without a blink, as the battery life span is strong and durable for the use of the Law Enforcement Officers.

While lauding the LASTMA Officers for their renewed commitment at ensuring the State continue to witness tremendous improved traffic management, the Transport Special Adviser thanked the entire LASTMA workforce for a warm welcome he received at the headquarters.

Driver Crushes LASTMA Personnel To Death At Lekki-Ajah Axis

A file photo of LASTMA officials at work.
A file photo of LASTMA officials at work.

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority says one of its officials has been knocked down and run over by a “traffic law offender.”

The official is said to have died from his injuries.

“The driver of a green Toyota Sienna vehicle, with Reg. number, FST 901 AR, knocked down and run over a LASTMA official, Jamiu O. Issa, who was later confirmed dead, this early morning on the 19th of April, 2022,” a statement signed on Wednesday by LASTMA spokesperson Filade Olumide, said.

“The Late Issa was said to have approached and accosted the Sienna vehicle driver who was driving against the direction of flow of traffic (One-way) facing oncoming vehicles from Chevron towards the Conservation Toll Plaza.

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“It was reported that Issa, the LASTMA patrol team leader in Ajah, who accosted the driver by standing inside the driver opened door was knocked down and run over by the traffic law offender, who had pretended to be alighting from the vehicle but changed his action and tried to escape by reversing the vehicle, knocking down Issa with the opened door while the front tyre also ran over the officer, this action fatally injured Issa in the process.

“Issa’s colleague at the scene of the event quickly put a call through to the zonal head while some good Samaritans/eye witnesses pursued the escaping Sienna driver to the Chevron Waterfront area where he was eventually apprehended and taken first to Ilasan Police Station, and eventually to Ajiwe Police Station, under which jurisdiction the event happened for proper investigation.

“Also, according to other eye witnesses’ accounts, the Sienna driver also knocked down another person while trying to escape from the scene before the driver was apprehended.

“At the same time that the above scenario was going on, the fatally injured Issa was rushed to the Lagos Island General Hospital where it was confirmed that he was brought in dead (BID). His remains have been deposited at the morgue of same hospital.”

LASTMA said its General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, was grieved by the incident.

“He has also said that in-spite of several appeals and warnings to the public to desist from assaulting and injuring government officials, some unscrupulous elements in the society who have refused all entreaties would be made to face the full wrath of the law,” the statement added.

“Oreagba also noted that, this occurrence would not discourage the officers of the agency from continuing to carry out their duties and responsibilities as enshrined in the law that set up the agency.

“He therefore, appealed to the general public to abide by the Laws governing the State in order not to run foul of the law and its attendant consequences.”

Lagos Lists Alternative Routes Ahead Of Airport Project Commissioning By Buhari

A file photo used to illustrate the story.

 

The Lagos State Government has listed alternatives routes ahead of the commissioning of the International Terminal of the Muritala Mohammed International Airport by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Buhari is expected to arrive in the city in the early hours of Tuesday for the event.

In a statement, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said that the move became important so as to properly manage traffic.

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“Advising motorists that ply the corridor on the alternative routes, the Transport Commissioner stated that motorists from Apapa/Oshodi will be able to use Agege Motor Road to link PWD to connect Works Road or General Adeyinka Adebayo Road to access Oba Akinjobi inward Ikeja General Hospital and connect Local Airport through the Underpass,” a statement he released on Monday read.

“In the same vein, motorists on Agege Motor Road are advised to link Charity by the Armed Resettlement Centre on the service lanes and make a U-turn at Cappa/Bolade axis inwards Shogunle to access PWD to continue their journey.

“Oladeinde further stated that Maryland/Mobolaji Bank Anthony is also open to motorists to link the local airport and access Muritala Muhammed Airport, adding that alternately, motorists can go through the Third Mainland Bridge inwards Gbagada to connect Ikorodu/Maryland to reach the Airports.”

He thanked Lagosians for their expected cooperation, assuring that officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will be on the ground along the alternative routes to help motorists navigate their movement.

Police Arrest Officers For Attacking LASTMA Official In Lagos

File photo of a Police patrol van.

 

The police authorities have arrested some of its officers for allegedly attacking an official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

A female LASTMA official was purportedly attacked in the Yaba area of the state while the police operatives were on a one-way movement over the weekend.

The video of the victim – a Deputy Superintendent of LASTMA simply known as Davids – had surfaced online with a serious cut on her allegedly inflicted by the tricycle driver conveying the police officers while plying one-way.

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It was gathered that the officers were serving in Area C command in Surulere.

While reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, condemned the act of indiscipline by officers of the State Police Command.

CP Odumosu warned that the Command under his watch will not tolerate any act of indiscipline from any cop.

While noting that the affected policemen would be properly investigated, Odumosu said they will be served their respective punishment to serve as a deterrent to other officers in like manner.

Commercial Bus Drivers Kill LASTMA Officer, Beat Colleague To A Coma

 

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has condemned the murder of an officer of the agency, Obasu Segun Godwin and the assault on another officer, Adeniyi Hakeem, by a commercial bus driver and others at Anthony Area of Lagos State.

General Manager of the Agency, Olajide Oduyoye, in a statement on Thursday said Godwin Obasu and Adeniyi Hakeem were attacked with machetes and other dangerous weapons by the driver of a commercial bus with registration number FKJ 452 YC, plying Bariga to Oshodi via the Ikorodu Road axis in cohort with some other drivers, after his vehicle was apprehended for contravening the Traffic Law of the State.

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According to him, the sad fact about the whole saga was that the two officers were in mufti and on their way home, having completed their morning shift and closed for the day before the recalcitrant commercial bus drivers went berserk, seeking any LASTMA officers to attack for carrying out their statutory duties.

“Obazu was struck severally with machetes resulting in deep lacerations on the head and his eventual death, while Adeniyi Hakeem, who was also attacked in a similar fashion has been hospitalised and in a coma,” Oduyoye said.

He said further that some senior officers, who were also in mufti and around the area were lucky to escape the mob attack.

The General Manager warned all cultists doubling as commercial bus drivers that any traffic violation or infraction shall be punished or penalised as enacted by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Seven of the culprits have been caught and handed over to the police while the driver of the bus and others are still at large.

The LASTMA boss assured that the police would conduct a proper investigation and those found guilty will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Motorist Who Knocked Policeman Over Bridge, Charged With Attempted Murder – LASTMA

 

The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Olajide Oduyoye says the motorist who knocked a police officer over a bridge in Lagos will be charged for attempted murder.

A viral video that made the rounds on Thursday showed a sports utility vehicle tipping a police officer off a bridge into a canal while trying to escape arrest.

Reacting to the incident while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Oduyoye revealed that the driver, Sunday Okodo, has been charged to court with two counts of attempted murder and traffic violation.

The LASTMA GM said the police inspector identified as David Zapaina, has been discharged from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“He is alive and he has been discharged from the hospital but it is more like he needs to seek more local intervention to reset his bones,” the LASMA boss noted.

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Regarding what LASMA operations will be in the nearest future, Mr Oduyoye stated that the agency will employ body camera technology as part of measures to ensure offenders are apprehended with solid evidence.

He said Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu is working towards helping the agency acquire the necessary technologies to checkmate traffic offence within the metropolis.

“This year, we are definitely hoping to start in the next few weeks what you will say are non-approachable offence dealings. That means we are going to be having body cameras on officers to capture incidences because things happen so fast and you can’t really say let me get my camera. But if you have your body camera on that is recording, then, you can capture all sorts of different things that you can use against offenders,” Oduyoye stated.

He also disclosed that some persons who violate rules often remove traffic signs to deliberately disobey road laws.

“Those who willfully disobey traffic signs go in the middle of the night to remove those signs. When they are caught, they will say that there were no signs. They go and remove the signs to prove they aren’t aware of the signs. This happens all the time,” said the LASTMA GM.

He cautioned road users in Lagos to obey traffic laws and accept the consequences of their actions if they are apprehended for flouting the rules of the road.

Lagos Traffic Officials To Wear Body Cameras – LASTMA GM

 

The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Olajide Oduyoye says the agency will employ body camera technology as part of measures to ensure offenders are apprehended with solid evidence. 

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the LASTMA GM said Governor Babjide Sanwo-Olu is working towards helping the agency acquire the necessary technologies to checkmate traffic offence within the metropolis.

“This year, we are definitely hoping to start in the next few weeks what you will say are non-approachable offence dealings. That means we are going to be having body cameras on officers to capture incidences because things happen so fast and you can’t really say let me get my camera. But if you have your body camera on that is recording, then, you can capture all sorts of different things that you can use against offenders,” Oduyoye said.

He also disclosed that some persons who violate rules often remove traffic signs to deliberately disobey road laws.

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“Those who willfully disobey traffic signs go in the middle of the night to remove those signs. When they are caught, they will say that there were no signs. They go and remove the signs to prove they aren’t aware of the signs. This happens all the time,” Oduyoye stated.

Reacting to the incident in which a Sports Utility Vehicle knocked a police officer in a canal, the LASTMA GM revealed that the driver, Sunday Okodo, has been charged to court with two counts of attempted murder and traffic violation.

Okodo had been caught on video driving against traffic and tipping a policeman over a bridge along the International Airport Road, in an attempt to flee when accosted by security operatives.

Oduyoye said the police inspector identified as David Zapaina, who was thrown over the bridge, has been discharged from the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

“He is alive and he has been discharged from the hospital but it is more like he needs to seek more local intervention to reset his bones,” the LASMA boss noted.

He cautioned road users in Lagos to obey traffic laws and accept the consequences of their actions if they are apprehended for flouting the rules of the road.