Viral Video: LASTMA To Investigate Officer Over Fight With Passenger

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has summoned a female officer over an altercation she had with a passenger in a vehicle.

The officer was seen in a viral video, fighting with the passenger in the vehicle, as passersby tried to separate them.

 

 

According to the agency, the incident occurred at Ikeja on Friday and the officer acted out of line regardless of the circumstances.

She is, therefore, expected at its headquarters on Monday for investigation and disciplinary action.

“This video was forwarded to the management and the officer has been invited for investigation and disciplinary action for misrepresenting the agency. The incident occurred at Aromire junction off Awolowo Way, Ikeja yesterday, Friday, 11th September.

“She is considered to have overreacted, regardless of the circumstances. She is expected at the headquarters on Monday, 14th September,” LASTMA said.

Meanwhile, some Nigerians have called out the agency, saying that many of its officers need to undergo a proper re-orientation as such incidents have become a regular occurrence.

 

Fire Razes 10 Cars, One Trailer At LASTMA Office

A total number of ten cars and one trailer were razed by the fire at the LASTMA office in Lagos on August 14, 2020.
Firefighters put out a fire at the LASTMA office in Oshodi, Lagos on August 14, 2020.

 

A fire at the office of the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency in Oshodi on Friday razed 10 cars and a trailer.

The fire started at a section of the agency’s premises where impounded vehicles were kept but its cause could not be ascertained by witnesses.

After emergency service officials battled and put out the fire, the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) revealed that no life was lost as a result of the fire.

A total number of ten cars and one trailer were razed by the fire at the LASTMA office in Lagos on August 14, 2020.
The fire started at a section of the traffic management agency’s premises where impounded vehicles are kept.

 

“A total number of ten cars and one trailer were razed by the inferno,” the LASEMA Director-General, Dr Olufemi Oke-Osanyintolu, said in a statement.

“No casualties were recorded at the scene as the LRT Fire Unit and LASG Fire Service were all responders at the scene who successfully worked together to put out the fire”.

Witnesses had no clue about the cause of Friday’s fire

 

A short clip shared on Twitter by the agency gave an insight into the effort made by emergency workers to put out the fire and a peek into the damage it did.

LASTMA, which is responsible for traffic management in Lagos, had not put out any official reaction on its platforms as of the time of filing this report and it remains unclear how the agencies will deal with the damage done and if all the vehicles were impounded.

LASTMA Dismisses Reports On Ban Of Traffic Officers

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) has asked motorists plying Lagos roads to disregard social media reports on the ban of traffic officers.

In a statement on Monday, LASTMA General Manager, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, dismissed the claim that the decision came from a meeting between Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

Oduyoye who maintained that “there was no meeting between Lagos State Government and the NURTW,” stressed that “the 2018 Traffic Law clearly spelt out the duties of LASTMA officers.”

According to him, it is irresponsible and mischievous for any individual to spread false information about the agency.

The LASTMA boss noted that the government had always emphasised the “need for LASTMA officials to uphold the law, irrespective of anyone involved.”

He, therefore, called on the public to ignore and disregard the report which he said was designed to confuse and hoodwink motorists into breaking traffic rules.

LASTMA Attack: We Cannot Condone Reckless Killing – Sanwo-Olu

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has warned that the government will not condone any form of attacks on the state’s law enforcement agencies in the line of duty.

Governor Sanwo-Olu while reacting to the killing of late Ola Ganiyu Oyeshina – the slain officer of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), who died last Saturday after an attack on him by two trailer drivers in Sifax-Iganmu area of Apapa, stressed that the government will thoroughly prosecute arrested culprits.

Late Oyeshina was buried today in the presence of a tearful gathering.

The Governor who paid a condolence visit to the family of the slain LASTMA officer in Lagos expressed his displeasure over the gruesome killing of Oyeshina, said the incident of his unfortunate death is a wake-up call to all Lagosians, describing the attack on the LASTMA officer as “mindless and callous.

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“In the last 48 hours, we’ve had heavy brutality on men of LASTMA who were doing their work. We’ve had people whose legs have been amputated in the last 48hours whilst on the assignment that was given to them to bring about enforcement of our laws and orders.

“I think this is the level at which we need to make this very stern warning that we will not stop at ensuring that we implement and enforce our laws not minding which force is involved. Lagos will not condone people that will not obey our laws.

He added: “We cannot be condoning reckless killing and sending our young men to an early grave. This government certainly will not stand for that.”

PHOTOS: Slain LASTMA Official Buried Amid Tears

 

The slain official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Ola Oyeshina, has been buried.

Oyeshina was laid to rest in the presence of a tearful gathering on Monday in Lagos, three days after he was attacked by suspected hoodlums while on duty at Iganmu-Sifax in the Apapa axis of the state.

The suspects who have since been arrested by the police were said to have thrown a big stone at the officer after which he was rushed to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

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Oyeshina, however, died on Saturday morning.

He was laid to rest according to Muslim rite following a short prayer held in his honour.

The slain LASTMA official’s burial was attended by family members, colleagues, and sympathisers.

See the photos below:

LASTMA Mourns Killed Officer, Condemns Attack On Personnel

 

The murder of a Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officer, Ola Oyeshina, has been condemned by the agency’s General Manager, Olajide Oduyoye, who described his death as ‘unfortunate’.

The LASTMA General Manager revealed in a statement that Mr Oyeshina was attacked on Friday by suspected hoodlums who threw a big stone at the officer during the course of sanitising Iganmu-Sifax axis of Apapa. He was later taken to the Lagos University Teaching Hospital where he died on Saturday morning.

“He was immediately rushed to Area “B” police station along with two of the people that attacked him, ACP Bayo Sulaimon thereafter ordered the detention of the two (2) attackers that were arrested while a letter of medical referral was issued for the victim’s attention at the hospital.”

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He assured that the perpetrators of the dastardly act that were caught will be prosecuted in the court of law to serve as a deterrent to other members of the public who may harbour committing such crime in future.

“LASTMA was established to manage and control traffic in order to reduce the people’s travel time on our roads, increase economic growth through increased productivity and ensure the populace safety and security, a situation where road users will now turn against any government official in order not to answer the consequences of breaking the law is unacceptable and would not be condoned henceforth.”

Mr Oduyoye stated that with the recent inauguration of a committee on war against traffic and environmental offenders, there is no more hiding place for Lagos residents or visitors that go against the law.

Partial Closure Of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway To Last Till October 31 – LASTMA

A file photo of traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

 

 

The partial closure of some sections of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway will commence on Monday, September 2 and last until October 31.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) announced this in a travel advisory released on Sunday.

It explained that movement from Kara Bridge inward Berger would be sealed off while traffic would be diverted into the other part of the road going out of Lagos.

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LASTMA noted that the road would be divided into two lanes, both ways and traffic would be divided back to the road going inward Lagos at Berger intersection which links River Valley Estate.

It, however, announced alternative routes for road users travelling in and out of Lagos, urging them to take advantage of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway from/to Abeokuta, connecting from/to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Other routes recommended by the agency are Sagamu-Ikorodu Road from/to Sagamu connecting through Sagamu Interchange from/to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, as well as Ijebu-Ode – Itoikin Road from/to Ijebu-Ode connecting from/to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

See the travel advisory released by LASTMA below:

Appeal Court Declares Imposition Of Fine By LASTMA Illegal

 

The Court of Appeal sitting in Lagos has declared that the imposition of fines by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) as illegal.

In Sept, 2011, Justice Okon Abang of the Federal High Court in his judgment held that LASTMA breached the right of one Mr Jonathan Odutola.

Mr. Odutola had filed the suit against LASTMA over the alleged unlawful detention of his Pick up Van, and the court awarded N500,000 in his favour as damages against LASTMA and ordered the agency to issue him a public apology.

Justice Abang had also declared that the unlawful assault, illegal arrest, seizure and continuous detention of Odutola’s Pick-up van by LASTMA since March 18, 2011 was a breach of the applicant’s fundamental right to human dignity as guaranteed by Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

Dissatisfied with this judgment, LASTMA filed an appeal.

While delivering the lead judgment, Justice Jamilu Yammama Tukur held that “by the provisions of section 1 (1) and (3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the constitution is supreme and its provisions are binding on all authorities and persons in Nigeria.
“Therefore, if any law is inconsistent with any provisions of the constitution, the constitution shall prevail and other law shall to the extent of that inconsistency be void.”

The court also held that by imposing a fine, LASTMA acted in a judicial capacity which they are not imbued with under the constitution.

“The appellant constituted itself into a court with judicial or quasi-judicial powers, when ìn fact the law that created it did not donate such jurisdiction to it. By doing so, the appellant became a judge in its own cause, the complainant as well the judge, contrary to the maxim ‘nemo judex in causa sua’.

“In view of the fact that the main crux of the respondent’s grievance bothers on the imposition of fine/penalty on it, I hold that there is no merit in this appeal whatsoever. I find the appeal lacking in merit and same is hereby dismissed,” the court held.

Justice Tukur’s verdict was adopted by the other justices on the panel, Justice Biobele Abraham-Georgewill and Justice Abimbola Obaseki-Adejumo.

Lagos Govt To Punish Two LASTMA Officials Over Alleged Extortion

 

 

The Lagos State Government has said that disciplinary actions will be taken against two officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), who allegedly received gratification from a traffic offender.

This was disclosed by the state Deputy Governor, Obafemi Hamzat, during a fact-finding engagement with the two officers, who admitted to having collected gratification from the offender, but claimed the money was to show appreciation.

Hamzat condemned the act, noting that LASTMA officers did not have a brief to receive gratification from members of the public for carrying out their statutory duty.

“These two officials allegedly extorted money from an offender whose lawyer sent a petition to us. We have listened to their stories, but we are not convinced by their defence.

“For further action, the two officers have been referred to LASTMA for further investigation and possible disciplinary actions. The law must take its course. This effort is to inform members of the public that LASTMA is created to make life easy for all of us.”

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He added that no agency of Government is allowed to harass residents, and the two officers will be used to pass a message to other officials.

“In carrying out their statutory duties, no agency of government is allowed to harass citizens. We advise residents not to pay penalty into personal bank accounts of government officials. LASTMA and other agencies have their direct lines to lodge complaints.

“This administration will ensure people live peacefully in Lagos. We are not out to harass anybody. These two LASTMA officers will receive disciplinary actions if found guilty. They will be given a fair hearing to prove their case, but if found guilty; the law would take its course.”

Meanwhile, General Manager, LASTMA, Mr Wale Musa, who was at the meeting, also warned officers against extortion, saying the agency had stepped up its monitoring activities to eliminate extortion.

He said: “No LASTMA officer has right to issue penalty ticket. We are ready to discipline erring officers. If they misbehave, the law will deal with them. The public should report any officer through designated numbers published on our website. We don’t condone indiscipline. The way we penalise violators of traffic laws is the way we will deal with our officers too.”

Sanwo-Olu Increases Allowance Of LASTMA Officials By 100 Percent

 

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced a 100 per cent increase in the allowances of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), officials.

The Governor who made the announcement on Friday during an interactive session with staff of the agency said the increase will encourage and motivate the workers in the performance of their duties.

Governor Sanwo-Olu also warned the officers to desist from any act of corruption or corrupt tendencies and asked that they imbibe civility as a major guiding principle in their operations.

As from the end of the month of July, we shall increase your allowances by 100 per cent. That means if you are collecting N5,000 as your allowance, it would be increased to N10, 000. Those collecting N10,000 before would now be getting N20,000. This would enable you to perform optimally. To whom much is given, much is expected.

“Lagosians expect a corrupt free LASTMA that will not go about to collect bribes from motorists. Be respectful and courteous even when you are going to arrest an offender. Lagosians want LASTMA that is decent, they want neatness. We don’t want laziness and lateness to work. Be my advocates,” the governor said.

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Sanwo-Olu also warned government officials and their family members not to disobey traffic rules.

”I will tell my cabinet members that if you are caught or apprehended violating my traffic rules, you will pay.”

On operation of commercial motorcycles (Okada) on highways, tricycles and indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles by the roadside, Governor Sanwo-Olu said he will have a meeting with the Commissioner of Police and other security operatives to look at the existing laws and better way for their enforcement for the benefit of every Lagosian.

“There are rules that guide the operation of commercial motorcycles. The Lagos State law has stated Okada should not operate on some roads. We will have a meeting with security operatives on what we should do.”

”We are not going to condone people obstructing our roads. I am now taking it as a warning to all those parking their vehicles on the road such as importers of Tokunbo vehicles to comply by removing them from the road because we will come one day and take all the vehicles off the road. People should provide space for their businesses,” Sanwo-Olu warned.

Fire Razes BRT Bus On Third Mainland Bridge

 

One of the buses used for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Lagos has been razed by fire on the third mainland bridge.

The bus which was heading towards Iyana-Oworo caught fire just after Adeniji Adele axis of the bridge.

The Lagos fire service and LASTMA officials later arrived the scene to put out the fire and also manage the traffic.

 

 

The wreckage of the bus was at the scene awaiting evacuation as at the time of filing this report.

No casualty was reported.

 

See photos below…

LASTMA Deploys 650 Officers Over Third Mainland Bridge Closure

LASTMA Deploys 650 Officers Over Third Mainland Bridge Closure

 

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has deployed a total of 650 personnel to all alternative routes to the Third Mainland Bridge.

LASTMA’s General Manager, Mr Olawale Musa, revealed this while addressing some traffic officers on Thursday.

“Already, we have mobilised 650 personnel with enough materials and other logistics to ensure the free flow of traffic around the period. What we want from the public is strict adherence to traffic rules,” Mr Musa was quoted as saying in a statement issued by LASTMA spokesman, Mamud Hassan, on Friday.

He explained that the deployment was part of measures put in place by the state government to ensure a free flow of traffic throughout the four-day closure of the bridge for ‘Investigative Maintenance Test’.

According to the LASTMA boss, the agency is aware of the volume of traffic on the bridge and the consequences of diverting such huge traffic on the alternative routes during the period.

He said, “As a professional agency with requisite personnel and experience, I want to assure Lagosians that we would do everything to make sure that motorists and commuters are not subjected to any discomfort during the exercise.”

“Our traffic officers have been adequately mandated to make sacrifices, demonstrate discipline and professionalism on all the alternative routes during the period of the closure of the Third Mainland Bridge”.

The LASTMA boss asked the officers on duty to show compassion to motorists, especially those that were unfamiliar with the alternative routes and other roads in the metropolis.

He also urged motorists and commuters to be patient and cooperative with the traffic officers to ensure a free flow of traffic on all alternative routes during the closure.

Musa stressed that it was important for the public to strictly adhere to traffic rules and directives to ensure a hitch-free exercise in the overall interest of all stakeholders.

He said, “Specifically, I like to plead with motorists to exercise patience on alternative routes and comply with traffic laws and directives of traffic officials.”

The LASTMA GM revealed that the provost and surveillance teams of the agency have been alerted and directed to monitor individual conduct and performance of the officials on the concerned roads.

He, however, warned motorists that relevant laws would be fully enforced by the agency to forestall impunity, chaos, and disorderliness, as well as ensure the security and safety of all road users in the state.