The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says the report that Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has banned its officers from arresting motorists is fake news.
In statement on Friday, the Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Mr. Adebayo Taofiq said the General Manager of the Agency, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba had previously debunked the fake news which he said “is the handiwork of faceless mischief makers, and has been “repeatedly circulated since February 2020.”
Taofiq said Sanwo-Olu never banned LASTMA officials from arresting motorists who flout the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018.
He warned Lagosians, especially motorists, to be wary of online reports aimed at causing chaos and mischief within the society, and wondered “why some individuals choose to always mislead others to contravene the traffic law of the State as amended by the State House of Assembly in 2018.”
“The attention of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has been drawn to the recurring fake news circulating on social media, purported to have been said by the Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu that, “Henceforth no LASTMA Officials should arrest any motorist, either commercial or private. The duty of LASTMA is to manage traffic and not to arrest”
LASTMA was set up in July 2000 and was charged with managing traffic in Lagos state as well as enforcing traffic laws.
RE: DON'T ARREST ANY MOTORIST, SANWO-OLU WARNS LASTMA
The attention of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has been drawn to the recurring fake news circulating on social media, purported to have been said by the Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu… pic.twitter.com/64vf4DU1CP
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