LASTMA to prosecute officers involved in woman’s killing

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says it has summoned the officers responsible for the killing of a lady in Lagos on Saturday.

The officers while driving a vehicle they had confiscated on Saturday were involved in an accident that claimed the life of a woman at the Brewery area of the city near Iganmu Bridge.

The incident has generated outrage by Lagosians – even as the agency is already battling worsening reputation due to the conduct of officers involved in unruly behaviour and extortions.

In a statement on Sunday signed the agency’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mr Filade Olumide, LASTMA said it had identified the officers involved and summoned them to the headquarters for immediate investigations.

The statement read, “The attention of the management of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has been drawn to a video clip alleging that a vehicle contravened by LASTMA for gross violation of the traffic law was involved in a fatal accident that killed a lady on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Brewery approaching Iganmu Bridge.

“Following the incident, the agency has identified the officers involved and summoned them to the headquarters for immediate investigations.

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“The outcome of investigations will determine further disciplinary action in accordance with the Lagos State Civil Service Rules and possible prosecution by the Nigeria Police.

“LASTMA management will ensure due diligence in its investigations and remain objective in decisions taken on actions of recalcitrant staff.

“While commiserating with the family of the deceased, the Agency urges all members of the public to always report the activities of overzealous and unruly staff, who engage in activities that violate the professional standards set by the State Government.”

LASTMA added that it would make the outcome of the investigations public and continue to ensure the seamless flow of traffic on Lagos roads.

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