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LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION

Lagos State Government today again has warned its citizens to desist from brutal killings and other attacks on Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Officials when they are on a lawful discharge of their duties.

The Acting Commissioner for Transportation Prince Anofiu Olarewanju Elegushi gave this admonition at the Press Conference on the killing of a LASTMA Official at Apapa on Thursday.
Elegushi explaining the circumstances of the killing a perceived involvement of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) operatives in the death perpetuated by a tanker driver on his motor boys.
He stated further that rather than having a full support from the public who these Law Enforcement Agencies as LASTMA are working for, to continue to manage the traffic as it were, they resulted into brutal murder of the officers.
Elegushi stated that Lagos State, as a law and order society created Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on the basis of a law and that its activities is streamlined by the said law adding that there exists a protocol of arrest.
He appeal to all Lagosians to treat Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Officials and other Law Enforcement Agencies with respect adding that if they are to be absent from work for just 2 hours of the 24 hours of the day, the citizenry will appreciate them the more in relation to the traffic disorder that will ensue.
He said Government will continue to take steps to protect its officers while urging the people to avail themselves of the various mechanisms for seeking redress.
While reacting to an allegation that the agency was on a revenue drive for Government, the Commissioner explained that voluntary compliance was the target of every operation.
He said obedience to traffic Laws will translate to loss of revenue and the State Government will reap that benefit of better business and improved economy.
He stated that Government is determined to ensure that voluntary compliance is achieved.
He urged the Police authorities to fish out the killers of the said officer adding that the era of jungle justice is long over.
Also commenting the Chief Executive of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Chris Olakpe said the Agency operates on the principles of firmness, friendliness and fairness.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu assured the citizens of the State that the incidence will not affect the vision of the Ministry in ensuring free flow of traffic and safety on the roads in the State.
The briefing has in attendance, Chief Executive officer of LASTMA, Chris Olakpe and the General Manager of the Agency, Bashir Braimah.
 
Biola Fagunwa
Director, Public Affairs
16th December, 2016
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