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LASTMA not selective in sanctioning drivers — GM



The acting General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr Olalekan Bakare-Oki, says the outfit does not turn a blind eye to violations by drivers of commercial buses (the yellow buses) in the state.

Bakare-Oki told our reporter on Tuesday in Lagos that such allegations against LASTMA were unfair.

He claimed that on the contrary, majority of the vehicles in the custody of the traffic enforcement agency were such commercial vehicles.

“We don’t discriminate when it comes to apprehending drivers or impounding vehicles and sanctioning drivers; it doesn’t matter if they are commercial drivers or private drivers.

“We have more of commercial buses impounded in our yards across the state, we are not selective,” he said.

He said that the agency had also updated its database with a view to enhancing its future operations.

The LASTMA chief also gave his men a clean bill of health on allegations that they work hand in hand with street urchins to extort motorists.

“Since I resumed duty on Nov. 24, 2023, I have not heard of such happening, all hands have been on deck to nip whatever excess in the bud.

“In fact, just yesterday we apprehended a supposed tout in front of our office and he will face the Lagos State Mobile Court soon,” he said.

Aderonke Ojediran

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