Five LASTMA Officials Arrested For Extortion
Five officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have been arrested for extorting motorists in various parts of the state.
The traffic officials are Bamidele Sheu (48), a level seven traffic officer aged and resident of 68, Oke Popo Street, Lagos Island; Ope Adisa (32), level 5 traffic officer of 8, Freeman Street, Lagos Island and Babatunde Aluko (37), level 4 of 15, Oriwu Street, Ikorodu.
The three men were arrested following a complaint by Akinmolayan Babatunde, a clearing agent, for illegal apprehension of his container truck with registration number AA 553 NGW at Marina area of the Lagos Island and subsequent demand of N80,000 bribe by the traffic officers before the vehicle could be released.
Babatunde, according to the Public Affairs Officer of LASTMA, Mamud Hassan, said he was accompanying the container truck on Monday morning to deliver goods at Walter Carrington Street on Victoria Island, when the truck was forced to stop at Marina close to the State House by the three LASTMA officials in uniform working with some other men in mufti for driving the vehicle at unauthorised hours.
Babatunde said all pleas to allow the truck to go in order to meet up with delivery time fell on deaf ears as the traffic officials and these men in mufti engaged him in fisticuffs, and the vehicle was eventually taken to Olowu removal yard of the Agency on the Island, where they demanded for the sum of N80,000 before its release.
It took the intervention of the zonal head and after parting with N7, 000 to some men in mufti before the vehicle was eventually released and allowed to go.
Hassan said the duo of Jimo Olaosebikan and Emmanuel Padonu were arrested by LASTMA surveillance unit and provost officials at Okokomaiko and Mile 12 areas of the state respectively.
He said: “While Olaosebikan was arrested by men of LASTMA surveillance team unit at Okokomaiko on Lagos-Badagry Expressway for illegally collecting N20,000 from a female motorist whom he alleged to have made an illegal U-turn at Okokomaiko.”
“All explanations that other vehicles have been turning there before failed to convince him and efforts to see his superior officers in their office were frustrated by him, only for him to collect N20,000 from me before their surveillance team emerged from nowhere to arrest him,” the motorist was quoted as saying.