LASTMA to enforce all traffic rules and regulations, officials can arrest traffic offenders – Lagos State Government.
Debunks reports Governor Sanwo-Olu has banned its officials from enforcing traffic laws and arresting traffic offenders.
State Government says fake news has been debunked severally before it resurfaced on social media platforms.
Added that the fake news was designed to pitch the “motoring public” against officials of LASTMA.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has debunked the report making the rounds on social media that the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has banned its officials from enforcing traffic laws and arresting traffic offenders in the state.
A statement purported to have emanated from Mr. Governor reads :
“Henceforth, no LASTMA Official should arrest any motorist, either commercial or private. The duty of LASTMA is to manage traffic and not to arrest anyone. I have heard a lot of complaints, any official that violates the rule will be severely dealt with” — which LASTMA said is untrue and a mere fabrication.
While advising the “motoring public” to ignore the “fake news”, LASTMA said it will continue to discharge its duty of ensuring the free flow of traffic and enforcing the laws against violators of road traffic regulations.
According to a statement by Gbenga Omotoso, the Commissioner for Information & Strategy, this fake news has been debunked severally before it resurfaced on social media platforms. He added that the fake news was designed to pitch the “motoring public” against officials of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) .
“For the avoidance of doubt, the State Government is not contemplating the withdrawal of the power to enforce traffic law against erring motorists, as it believed that public education and enlightenment should be complemented by the enforcement of rules and regulations to ensure sanity on our roads.”