LASTMA Summons 14 Officials before Panel for Alleged Extortion

Fourteen officials from the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority are set to appear before a disciplinary panel due to allegations of extortion and high-handed conducts.

This group comprises eleven senior officials and three junior staff members, who are accused of engaging in extortion from motorists at various locations within the state.

Adebayo Taofiq, the Director of the Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, confirmed this development.

He stated that the cases involving these officers have been thoroughly investigated and are to be presented to the "Government Disciplinary Committee, known as the Personnel Management Board (PMB) Discipline," which will adjudicate these cases in alignment with the rules governing public service conduct.

In response to these allegations, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, the General Manager of LASTMA, emphasized the agency's commitment to maintaining high standards and weeding out individuals who tarnish its reputation.

He said, “We thereby call on residents especially the motoring public to support us by promptly reporting any errant officers at the nearest LASTMA offices or use any of the Agency’s complaints hotlines with proof of evidence”

He also advised all officials of the Agency to always carry out their duties without fear or favour, in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority, threatening that officials caught in the process of “ bringing the agency or the Government into disrepute shall face the consequence.”

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