The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has come out to debunk the rumor making the rounds on social media, claiming that its officials have been barred from arresting traffic violators, and are only restricted to controlling traffic.
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In a statement released by the General Manager of LASTMA, Mr.Olajide Oduyoye, the claims were as a result of a meeting which was held between the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and leaders of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) Lagos branch at an unnamed location, date and time.
According to Oduyoye, the 2018 Traffic Law already spelled out the roles and responsibilities of LASTMA officials. He stated that it's a mischievous and irresponsible act for an individual to suggest that Governor Sanwo-Olu gave instructions that are against the law.
The General Manager also pointed out that the Transportation and Traffic Management segment makes up an important piece of Governor Sanwo-Olu's T.H.E.M.E.S agenda. He added that the present administration keeps emphasizing how necessary it was for LASTMA officers to maintain the traffic laws no matter who's involved.
Governor Sanwo-Olu's Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, took to his social media handle to debunk the claim, as gathered by Naijauto.
In his post, Akosile said,
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.
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LASTMA officers have been mandated by the law to arrest traffic violators as well as controlling traffic
LASTMA boss has asked the general public to disregard the rumor as it's been spread to mislead motorists into violating the traffic rules. He noted that defaulters would be made to face the law.
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