Commuter bus drivers plying Oshodi-Apapa Expressway today cried out over extortion by an official of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, simply called Asa.

According to one of the drivers, Mr. Dickson Samuel, the LASTMA official was taking advantage of the yet-to-be implemented new Lagos traffic law to extort money from the drivers at Oshodi.

In a telephone chat with P.M.NEWS today, the driver claimed that Asa arrested three commuter bus drivers yesterday and collected N5,000 bribe from each of them. Dickson said when the matter was reported to a senior LASTMA official at Oshodi (whose names he did not mention), Asa was ordered to refund the N3,000 he collected yesterday.

He added that the same senior official had advised the three commuter bus drivers who paid N5,000 each to Asa to come this morning for identification parade and refund of their money. The driver said that the senior official made it clear to Asa in the presence of the drivers that he was on an illegal duty.

When P.M.NEWS contacted the Public Relations Officer on phone, she promised to get across to LASTMA’s senior officials at Oshodi for briefing.