8 LASTMA Officials Arrested For Collecting Bribes
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority is cleaning up and it is starting right from home.
The officials, who are attached to the Agege-Pen Cinema Office of the Agency, were arrested last week.
They are Adebeshin Adeola, Davies Idowu, Folashade Abolade, Shittu Lanre, Akinkotu Olusoga, Olowu Said and Olaoye Peter.
The duo of Adeshina and Davies had earlier arrested two Lagos painted commercial buses driven by one Olatunji Mayowa and Donatus Eze respectively at Abule Egba area of the State for seat belt violation.
The actions of the drivers were in violations of the Lagos State Traffic laws, and the buses were subsequently apprehended and taken to the Agege-Pen Cinema Office of the Agency.
The apprehending officials in conjunction with the General Duty Officer later demanded for the sum of N7,200 from each of the bus drivers before the release of the buses.
The drivers, knowing the position of LASTMA on corruption and having listened to various media programmes where official complaint numbers were given, alerted the Agency and marked cash was given to the complainants.
This was collected by the officials in a successful sting operation organized and coordinated by the Provost Marshal of the Agency, Femi Ajibosho.
All the traffic officials involved in this shameful act have been released on bail, but are to face the full weight of the Lagos State Public Service Rules and Regulations.