The government of Lagos state through Gboyega Akosile, the Chief Press Secretary to Sanwo-Olu has debunked the fake news currently being spread on social media claiming that the Governor has restricted the popular LASTMA to only traffic-control and also banned them from arresting any traffic law violators.
Lagos Government debunks fake news claiming Governor Sanwo-Olu placed a ban on LASTMA
Debunking this claim on Twitter, Gboyega Akosile shared the viral fake news banner and also warned Lagosians to disregard the false information while he assures that the perpetrators will be found, arrested and dealt with accordingly. See the banner containing the “fake news” below;
Fake news being spread in a picture banner claims that Governor Sanwo-Olu has banned LASTMA from arresting traffic offenders
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Below are the exact words of Gboyega Akosile in the post in which he debunked the fake news;
“Beware of this fake news circulating on social media platforms especially via WhatsApp. Governor @jidesanwoolu didn’t say that @followlastma shouldn’t arrest traffic offenders. It is a lie from the pit of hell. Offenders will be arrested and prosecuted in accordance with the Law”
We need to also mention that this same fake news was recently debunked by the LASTMA (Lagos State Traffic Management Authority) as well. A press release issued by Mr Olajide Oduoye, the General Manager of LASTMA refuted this false claim. In Mr Oduoye’s press statement, he said;
“the 2018 Traffic Law clearly spelt out the duties of LASTMA officers, saying that it is irresponsible and mischievous for any individual to insinuate that the governor gave directives contrary to the law”
These are more than enough concrete proofs that the news spreading about the ban of LASTMA should be disregarded as all the right government offices have issued their public statements. It might be better if all Lagosians take note.