Sanwo-Olu to LASTMA: If my brother breaks traffic law, arrest him

Friday, June 14, 2019 12:59 pm | Daily News Headlines | 7 Comment(s)

Sanwo-Olu

By Kazeem Ugbodaga

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday told officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA not to spare anyone who violated traffic laws, even if it was his brother.

Sanwo–Olu, who was at LASTMA office in Oshodi, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Friday said emphatically that if his brother broke traffic law, he should be arrested.

According to him, there would be no sacred cow in the enforcement of the law, saying that if anyone broke traffic law and was arrested and he said he knew the governor, “tell him to call the governor to pay the money for the offence.”

He told them not to listen to anyone from his cabinet who might want to use his position to get someone arrested by the officers off the hook.

Sanwo-Olu also made it clear that he would not condone corruption or bribe-taking from any LASTMA official and that they must be civil in discharging their duties.

He said Lagosians were expecting a decent and corrupt-free LASTMA, and that as such, they should be respectful when arresting an offender.

“Lagosians expect a corrupt-free LASTMA that will not be collecting bribes. Be respectful and courteous even when you are going to arrest an offender.

“Lagosians want LASTMA that is decent, they want neatness. We don’t want laziness and lateness to work. Be my advocates,” he said.

Sanwo-Olu said that the government would provide conducive working environment for the staff such as improvement of their allowances, repair of damaged vehicles and motorbikes, provision of raincoats, and other tools.

On operation of commercial motorcycles, tricycles, indiscriminate parking of imported vehicles by the roadside, he said he would have a meeting with security operatives to establish a law enforcement commission that would regulate their movements.

“There are rules that guide operation of commercial motorcycles. The Lagos State law has stated that okada should not operate on some roads.

“We will have a meeting with security operatives on what we should do. We are not going to condone people obstructing our roads. I am now taking it as warning to all those parking their vehicles on the road such as importers of Tokunbo vehicles to comply by removing them from the road.

“We will come one day and take all the vehicles off the road. People should provide space for their businesses,” he warned.

Earlier, some of the staff of the agency, while complaining about the challenges facing them, appealed to the governor to provide adequate security for them now that their working hours had been extended to 11pm.

They also requested for improvement in their welfare packages, rehabilitation of roads, training, and enforcement of existing regulations to aid their operations.

They also complained about constant harassment from motorists, and pedestrians crossing the highway under pedestrian bridges.



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  • Is it general? Are all the officers involved in bribe taking? Do u have facts to back up your claims or just writing to whip up sentiments?

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  • It is barbaric to arrest people because of minor traffic offences. Civilized societies just issue tickets. PayOlu is starting on a wrong footing.

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    • What is your definition of minor road offence? If the rule says don’t do something,why should you? Is driving against traffic a minor road offence? Those who cannot abide by rules and regulations should stay in their villages and not come to Lagos! Many innocent lives have been lost as a result of what you term ‘minor ‘ offence

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      • If traffic laws are going to be enforced then every traffic sign and notifications should be put in place first. Even if the roads are not yet repaired let the traffic signs be clear and visible enough.

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  • “Lagosians expect a corrupt-free LASTMA that will not be collecting bribes."

    story .............they breath and exhale bribes ..............

    "Be respectful and courteous even when you are going to arrest an offender."

    too many illiterate thugs in the rank and file ...............respect and courtesy does not exist in theior lexicon ..........

    "be my advocates" .............very dangerous request ..........be careful what you wish for ....... sanwo somebody .....

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  • This should be a win win situation,If the governor empowers them to do all this,what about intimidations of motorist extortion, collusion with commercial drivers to obstruct movements.

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  • and if the LASTMA Officials are involved in extorting money from motorists, we should fire them and take them to the appropriate court of law. The Governor is not speaking to protect the motorists, because LASTMA officials are involved in collecting bribe and leave the work they were mandated to do. Example: go to Iyana Oworonshoki Bus Stop, Eko Hotel Bus Stop and see what the LASTMA officials are doing. It is a pity that the Governor is empowering armed robbers in Lagos.

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