14 LASTMA officers to face disciplinary panel for extortion in Lagos

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14 LASTMA officers to face disciplinary panel for extortion in Lagos

A cross section of LASTMA officers at a programme

Published By: Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says 14 of its personnel will be made to face a disciplinary panel for extortions and high-handedness in line with the extant rules and regulations of the State.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba said at the weekend that the affected officers whose cases had been investigated would be facing the Government Disciplinary Committee known as the Personnel Management Board, (PMB), which would adjudicate their cases in line with the Public Service Rules.

According to Oreagba “the male officers (11 Seniors & 3 Juniors) were caught at different locations across the State extorting money (bribes) from motorists.”

He said the Agency would continue to mete out stiffer and more severe punishment on officers in its effort to weed out the bad eggs from the agency.

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“We thereby called on residents especially the motoring public to support us by promptly reporting any errant officers at the nearest LASTMA offices or use any of the Agency’s complaints hotlines (08100565860, 08129928503, 08129928515 & 08129928597) with proof of evidence,” he said.

The General Manager advised all officers of the Agency to always carry out their duties without fear or favour in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority as any operative caught in the process of bringing the agency or the government into disrepute shall equally face the consequence.

While commending LASTMA officers for their dedication, dutifulness, diligence and professionalism, Oreagba, however, warned the public to stop inducing traffic personnel with bribes in order to avoid being prosecuted as the law frowned on both the ‘giver and the receiver’.

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