A LASTMA official who reportedly embarrasses flashy car owners on Kingsway Road, Ikoyi area of Lagos has been called out by a concerned Lagosian.
According to Instagram user @elbama1 who tagged the official handle of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to his post, the LASTMA official who once tried to harass him but allowed him to go after he gave him a hard knock, confessed that he is only trying to make money.
So @Eko_lastma , this is what your officials do on Kingsway Road,Ikoyi. They look out for flashy or expensive cars and solicit for money.This happened to me last month and I don’t know why they came to me because I don’t have a flashy or expensive car. The official walked up to me, asked me to wind down and he tried to play smart by telling me I was using my phone in traffic, when he realized he wasn’t talking to a novice he then said he came to me because I seemed “responsible” and he just wanted money. Please look into this as this happened in front of me today , the guy went from car to car (nice cars). Smh
This is not the first time a LASTMA official has been accused of extortion. Few months ago, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) arrested five of its traffic officials for extorting motorists at various parts of the State.
The traffic officials were identified as Bamidele Sheu, a level seven traffic officer aged 48 and resident of 68, Oke Popo Street, Lagos Island; Ope Adisa, aged 32 and level 5 traffic officer of 8, Freeman Street, Lagos Island and Babatunde Aluko 37 years old traffic officer level 4 of 15, Oriwu street, Ikorodu.
The trio was arrested following a complaint to the Agency by one Akinmolayan Babatunde, a clearing agent for illegal apprehension of his container truck with number AA 553 NGW at Marina area of the Lagos Island and subsequent demand for eighty thousand naira bribe by the traffic officers before the vehicle could be released.