Five LASTMA officers arrested for alleged extortion
Five traffic officers with the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) have been arrested for extorting motorists.
Three of the arrested traffic officials are Bamidele Sheu, a Level Seven traffic officer, aged 48; Ope Adisa, aged 32 and 37-year-old Babatunde Aluko.
The officers were arrested last week following a complaint to the agency by one Akinmolayan Babatunde, a clearing agent, for illegal apprehension of his container truck with registration number AA 553 NGW at Marina area of the Lagos Island and subsequent, demand for N80,000 bribe by the traffic officers before the vehicle could be released.
According to Akinmolayan, he was accompanying the container truck on Monday to deliver goods at Walter Carrington Street on Victoria Island, when the truck was forced to stop at Marina, close to the State House, by the three LASTMA officials in uniform working with some other men in mufti for driving the vehicle at unauthorised hours.
Akinmolayan said all pleas to allow the truck to go in order to meet up with delivery time fell on deaf ears and the vehicle was eventually taken to Olowu removal yard of the agency on the Island, where they demanded for N80,000 before it could be released. It took the intervention of the Zonal Head, and after paying N7, 000 to some men in mufti the vehicle was eventually released.
In the same vein, the duo of Jimo Olaosebikan and Emmanuel Padonu were arrested during the week by surveillance unit and provost officials of the agency at Okokomaiko and Mile 12 areas of the state respectively.
While Olaosebikan was arrested by men of LASTMA surveillance team unit at Okokomaiko along Lagos- Badagry Expressway for illegally collecting N20,000 from a female motorist whom he alleged to have made an illegal U-turn at Okokomaiko.
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