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LASTMA finds14 officers guilty of corruption, misconduct



The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) found 14 of its officers guity of corruption and misconduct while performing their duties in the past four months.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olalekan Bakare-Oki, made the disclosure in an interview with our reporter on Tuesday in Lagos.

Bakare-Oki said that since his assumption of office on Nov. 20, 2023, a total of 18 officers had faced the authority’s personnel management board over conducts, and 14 were found guilty.

According to Bakare-Oki, punishments have been metted out to the erring officers.

He said that the punishments ranged from dismissal and reduction in rank to voluntary retirement and issuance of warning letters.

“There are stipulated rules, and we have our code of conduct.

“The modus operandi is that any of our men found wanting either in terms of extortion or any other form of illicit act will be given a query.

“After the query, the officer or personnel will be slated for personnel management board’s discipline,” he said.

On payment of fines with cash by motorists, the LASTMA general manager said that it was not allowed.

He said that every payment must be made into Lagos State Government’s account through a bank.

“If there is any official that extorts money in the guise of bank network issues, the official should be reported to LASTMA.

“He or she will face appropriate sanctions,” he said.

He advised LASTMA officers to live above board, operate within the ambit of the law, the LASTMA code of conduct and all stipulated rules and regulations.

“We are laying emphasis on training and retraining of our men so that we can achieve better service delivery to Lagosians,” he said.

He equally urged motorists to obey all traffic laws, rules and regulations especially the 2018 Reform Transport Sector Law of Lagos State.

“They should always be patient and prioritise safety.

“Lives and interests of other road users are equally important.

Chiazo Ogbolu

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