LASTMA sanctions 11 officers over corrupt practices

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has confirmed the arraignment of 12 agency officers before a disciplinary panel for various offences bordering on corruption.

The acting general manager of LASTMA, Olalekan Bakare, confirmed this in a statement on Friday by the agency’s spokesperson Taofiq Adebayo. 

Mr Bakare said the disciplinary action was in line with the agency’s extant rules, as guided by the Lagos State Civil Service Rules and Regulations.

The acting general manager, who was also part of the disciplinary panel, noted that while 11 officers were found guilty of corrupt practices, one officer was exonerated with the report of the panel.

According to him, the disciplinary panel adjudicated the cases of corrupt practices levelled against the 12 officers.

He said the panel had also forwarded its recommendations to the State Civil Service Commission for ratification, in line with the public service rules.

Mr Bakare explained that the panel recommended various punishments, ranging from dismissal and reduction in rank to immediate termination of appointment from the state public service.

“All officers are, hereby, warned to always carry out their duties without fear or favour, but in accordance with the stipulated laws guiding the authority.

“Any operative caught in the process of bringing the agency or the state government into disrepute shall equally face the consequences,” he said.

He warned the motoring public to stop inducing traffic personnel with bribes to avoid prosecution, as the law frowned on both the giver and the receiver.