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Extortion: 34 LASTMA Officials Dismissed       

34 LASTMA officials dismissed over extortion.

Funsho Akinwale

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority officials numbering about 34 were, on Friday, dismissed for extortion and among other issues.

Obafemi Hamzat, the Lagos Deputy Governor and Wale Musa, the General Manager of the agency disclosed this at a media briefing yesterday at Ikeja.

Hamzat, while reacting to the issue, said the state government would not take excesses from any government official taking advantage of the citizens.

“And that is why we are currently investigating two of our officers that allegedly harassed citizens who admitted driving against traffic.

“But the essence of LASTMA officers on the road is not to harass but to affirm the dictate of the road traffic law and be civil while enforcing it.”

“The claim is that the two officers allegedly extorted money from the driver.

“A petition has been written to the state government by a law firm stating how it happened.

“The officers have been referred to the agency that has power to discipline them for investigation,” he added.