The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) is urging residents of Lagos to ignore the social media reports that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has banned its officers from arresting motorists.
In a Friday press release signed by LASTMA's spokesperson, Adebayo Taofiq, the agency's General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, debunked the report as fake news.
Taofiq noted that LASTMA officials were never banned from arresting motorists who flout the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018.
The statement in part read: “The attention of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has been drawn to the recurring fake news circulating on social media, purported to have been said by the Governor of Lagos State Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu that, 'Henceforth no LASTMA Officials should arrest any motorist, either commercial or private. The duty of LASTMA is to manage traffic and not to arrest'".
Taofiq pointed out that the "General Manager of the Agency, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba had previously debunked the fake online news alleging that LASTMA officials were banned from arresting motorists who flout the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018."