17th September, 2022
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has broken the silence on a viral video of officers of the authority driving against traffic.
A viral video on Saturday on Twitter showed officers of LASTMA driving against traffic around Third Mainland Bridge, Oworonshoki area of Lagos.
The video painted a fresh situation of LASTMA officers driving on one-way few days after over 200 vehicles were auctioned for driving against traffic.
A statement issued by LASTMA General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, said the attention of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had been drawn to a viral video on ‘Twitter’ (@OmoGbajaBiamila) where Officers of the authority drove against traffic (One-way) with an operational vehicle (RTM 08 LA Zone 25 Bariga) and was blocked by a private vehicle on Oworonsoki bridge, Lagos.
“The Agency hereby states categorically that the video incident occurred in year 2020 before the #ENDSARS protest around Iyana-Oworo. All Officers involved have been appropriately sanctioned by the Authority.
“The patrol van with registration No. RTM 08 LA (Zone 25 Bariga) seen in the viral video was among LASTMA operational vehicles burnt alongside our office building by #Endsars protesters at Iyana-Oworo, Lagos,” he said.
Oreagba, therefore, urged members of the public to disregard the video that was deployed to embarrass its team of hardworking officers.
“LASTMA will continue effective monitoring and control of traffic across the State, just as it will not condone indiscipline among any of its personnel,” he said.