LASTMA Explains Reasons For Impounding Traffic Offender’s Vehicle

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File photo: LASTMA trying to curb traffic gridlocks at Ojota bus stop, Lagos. Photo: AKINOLA ARIYO

By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos


Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), has reacted to a television news report in which a man, named Godspower Osaze Ohamen, claimed that the brainbox of his Toyota Corolla Saloon car got missing within LASTMA premises after his arrest last Thursday.

According to LASTMA, Ohamen failed to produce his Driver’s Licence for identification until he appeared on the television programme to reveal his identity, adding that in the process of arrest, the driver sprinkled a liquid substance on LASTMA men and recited incantations at the officials of the Agency.

Its General Manager, Olajide Oduyoye maintained that in a bid to verify the driver’s identity for issuance of a document charging him to Court, the agency insisted that he must produce his license but he declined and opted to release his car keys before leaving the premises.

He stated that “the vehicle had to be towed into the premises of LASTMA because of Ohamen’s conduct before the arrest, after the vehicle was lowered from the tow truck, a joint inspection was carried out with our men before he locked his vehicle and delivered the keys in the presence of officers, saying all the procedures were captured on video by officials of the Agency”.

Speaking further, Oduyoye revealed that the accused showed up at LASTMA office on Tuesday, 25th August, 2020, but officers insisted that his driver’s licence must be produced as earlier requested.

He said the young man was again asked when he showed at LASTMA five days later to produce his driver’s licence; he simply stepped out and return some minutes later to raise an alarm that his vehicle’s brainbox had been removed.

It is surprising how he gained access into a vehicle that was locked and its keys were with the Agency”, Oduyoye said.

Disclosing that the incident has been reported to the Police, Oduyoye gave the assurance that the result of investigations into the matter will be made available to the public and affirmed that LASTMA will not be deterred from carrying out its mandate despite threats, intimidation or blackmail from some unruly members of the public.

The General Manager urged motorists to report any complaints about the Agency’s personnel through these phone lines 08129928503, 08129928490 or 08129928469 and advised members of the public to always obey the traffic law of Lagos State to avoid the consequences of unruly conduct and possible prosecution.

His reaction is contained in a statement by Assistant Director Public Affairs, Filade Olumide.

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