LASTMA Dismisses 24 Officers For Misconduct

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, has dismissed 24 of its personnel in the past two years for misconduct. The transport agency also said it lost 10 personnel to public attacks, while some others suffered injuries, sometimes resulting in amputation. Christian Olakpe,  Chief Executive Officer of the authority, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos. Olakpe said, “We have dismissed 24 personnel in the last two years as a result of corruption, abuse of office, extortion, impropriety and other misconduct. “It is unfortunate that about 10 of our officers and men were killed while controlling traffic, like Mr Bakare Olatunji, who was killed at Apapa while on duty. “Some of our men also suffered injuries from irate mobs while managing traffic”. He said LASTMA punish erring officers by suspension, rank reduction and isolation. The LASTMA boss confirmed that the agency had received numerous complaints against its officers. “There are various avenues we use to checkmate the misconducts of officials on duty. “We initiated LASTMA Response Unit to carry out investigations on such complaints. ”The Provost Unit was also created to mete out punishment on any of them found guilty. “Eagle’s eye is on officers on duty to ensure zero tolerance to corruption,” he also said. According to him, LASTMA is creating a new culture of effective human relations and efficient traffic management. “We are keying more into the rule of law, and our officers are driving more into protocol of arrest. “You can’t just stop people and start fighting them on the road. ” We have trained our officers to be very civil and polite while carrying out their duties. He revealed that the agency was working with the police, to prosecute members of the public, responsible for the deaths of the officers. He added, “We are working with the police to bring the perpetrators to book. “It is a big task handling traffic management in Lagos state.” Olakpe further disclosed that the authority has come up with 10-point agenda, to check the excesses of both drivers and LASTMA personnel on duty. He, however, appealed for cooperation of Lagos residents with LASTMA officers.
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