The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority announced on Sunday that a seven-person panel had been formed to look into the extortion claim made against three agency employees in the state.
The move was made in reaction to an investigative publication by The PUNCH accusing the three officials involved of extortion.
In a statement released by the Director of Public Affairs at LASTMA, Taofiq Adebayo, he stated that the General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, had appointed a seven-man panel to fully investigate the claims and that anyone found guilty would be subject to the consequences outlined in the state civil service’s current rules.
The statement read, “The attention of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has been drawn to a publication inside Punch Newspaper on pages 28/29 with the caption ‘Anger as LASTMA officials clamp down on motorists with trumped-up charges’, dated November 8, 2022, where three officials of the agency were alleged to have collected N13,000, N15,000 and N20,000 respectively from different commercial bus drivers in Lagos.
“The General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, disclosed over the weekend that the agency had summoned all officials mentioned inside the publication to appear before a seven-man investigation panel set up to thoroughly look into those allegations as published.
“We have set up a seven-man investigation panel to thoroughly look into those alleged extortions levied against some of our officials and I assure the public that the outcome of the panel would be made public.
“We have it on record that some of our officials alleged to have been recently found wanting for official misconduct or unethical behavior are currently facing disciplinary panel as the management would not condone any act of indiscipline from any official.”
He also said LASTMA was big on feedback and that the General Manager is encouraging members of the public to use their various channels to report any misbehavior by its officials.