LASTMA nabs five officials for extortion


By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Five officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have been arrested for extorting motorists with the help of men in mufti  at various locations in  the State.

The traffic officials who were arrested last week, include: Bamidele Shehu, a level seven traffic officer aged 48 and resident of 68, Oke Popo Street, Lagos Island; Ope Adisa, aged 32 and level 5 traffic officer of 8, Freeman Street, Lagos Island and Babatunde Aluko 37 years old traffic officer level 4 of 15, Oriwu street, Ikorodu.

*LASTMA official

The trio were arrested following a complaint to the agency by one Akinmolayan Babatunde, a clearing agent, for impounding his container truck with number plates: AA 553 NGW, illegally, at Marina area of the Lagos Island and subsequently demanded  N80,000 as bribe by the traffic officers before the vehicle could be released.


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