Checkmate traffic thieves, LASTMA boss tells officers

Punch reports that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has asked its officials to fight criminality by arresting suspected traffic thieves.

The Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Mr. Chris Olakpe, said it was the duty of the officials to ensure motorists were safe, even in traffic jams.

Olakpe spoke while addressing the 1,350 new recruits of the agency at the LASTMA headquarters in Oshodi, Lagos.

He appealed to the recruits to eschew corruption in the discharge of their duties and contribute to traffic management in the state.

He said, “We have it on record that because of the traffic situations we sometime have some miscreants turned the road to where crime and criminality can be carried out. We want you to be on the lookout as you control traffic and nip their activities in the bud. You are joining the new template of crime control and security management of the Lagos State Government.”

Olakpe said that during a three-week training of the new officers, they would be exposed to subjects of motoring and surveillance techniques, intelligence gathering, crowd management and traffic control.

The retired AIG said the recruits must exhibit good character, adding that LASTMA would no longer condone hooliganism.

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