The officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have come under lots of criticism recently from car owners and other people using the roads in Lagos state. More often, this has caused violent clashes between traffic officials and motorists. The latest report getting to us claims that a Lagos motorist recently cried out after LASTMA officials confiscated his faulty car. The motorist has been identified as a 38-year-old event planner whose name is Qoodus Gbagba. He accused LASTMA operatives of working with thugs to impound vehicles on Lagos roads. According to him, his car experienced overheating on the 4th of August around Anthony Bus-Stop in Maryland. As a result, he decided to pull over and allow the engine to cool down. It was at that moment he was met with a whole different drama in the hands of LASTMA personnel and thugs in the area.
The event planner accused LASTMA officials of working with Area Boys in Lagos to extort motorists
According to Qoodus Gbagba, he had to push his car through a BRT door to exit the expressway after the vehicle started overheating. It was at that time he began looking for help and two area boys arrived at the scene. Qoodus Gbagba was told by some hoodlums to pay them a sum of ₦10,000 to help push his faulty car off the highway to a service lane. The motorist rather offered them ₦2000 as all he had. Unfortunately, his offer didn't sit well with the thugs as they went on to threaten him about LASTMA officials seizing his car. The hoodlums told him that LASTMA officials are coming with a towing vehicle to tow away his car to their office. Qoodus Gbagba was shocked to see officials of the traffic agency showing up at the scene in less than 5 minutes after the thugs threatened him. The LASTMA personnel immediately impounded and went away with his car just as predicted.
The Lagos motorist whose vehicle was recently seized by LASTMA said that the event made him realize hoodlums are working with the LASTMA officials. He added that his vehicle was towed to the agency's yard and was slapped with a ₦40,000 fine. In response to this claim, Bolaji Oreagba, who is the General Manager of LASTMA, stated that they only seize vehicles that violate Lagos traffic laws. Bolaji Oreagba also asked the victim to come out and explain to the public if he has a case against them. Oreagba justified the actions of the traffic officials which is to ensure orderliness on Lagos roads.