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LASTMA dismisses 11 officials for extortion, bribery

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has dismissed 11 officials found guilty of extortion and bribery. 

The dismissals follow a thorough investigation and disciplinary hearing conducted by a panel comprising the Acting General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Bakare Oki Olalekan, and three permanent secretaries on Thursday.

The panel’s recommendations, aligned with the State Civil Service Rules and Regulations, resulted in various punishments for the errant officials, ranging from dismissal to reduction in rank and immediate termination of appointment. Only one of the 12 officials facing the panel was exonerated.

The Acting General Manager, in a clear message to all LASTMA staff, warned of stricter consequences for corrupt practices. 

“This effort is to weed the agency of the few bad elements tarnishing its image,” he emphasized.

Adebayo Taofiq, Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, who confirmed the dismissal on Friday, said “The panel recommended various punishment ranging from dismissal, reduction in rank and immediate termination of appointment.

“While 11 officers were found guilty of corrupt practices levied against them, only one officer was exonerated by the panel.

“The Acting General Manager also read the ‘Riot Acts’ to all Comptrollers, Commanders and Zebras of the agency. He warned that stiffer and severe punishment would be meted on corrupt Officers. This effort is to weed the agency of the few bad elements tarnishing its image.

“We hereby call on residents especially motoring public to support the Agency in the on-going restructuring by promptly reporting any errant Officers via any of the Agency’s complaints hotlines (08100565860, 08129928503, 08129928515 & 08129928597) with proof of evidence.”

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