Ambode to LASTMA, VIO OFFICIALS: Stop forcing yourselves into motorists’ vehicles

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By Monsuru Olowoopejo

LAGOS—Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, yesterday warned officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA and Vehicle Inspection Officers, VIOs to desist from forcing themselves into vehicles of suspected traffic offenders.

SECURITY MEETING: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (middle), Secretary to the State Government Mr. Tunji Bello (4th left), Lagos State Commissioner of Police Mr. Kayode Aderanti (3rd left), Director, Department of State Service, Mr. Little John (2nd left), Assistant Director, DSS, Mr. Salami Yinka (left), Commander, 9 Mechanized Brigade, Major General Ahmed Mohammed Sabo (3rd right), Commander, NNS Beecroft, Olokun, Apapa, Navy Commander Daniel Ikoli (2nd right), and Commander, Air Force Base Ikeja, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu during the first state security council meeting at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

Ambode gave the warning during an interactive session with officials of LASTMA, Kick Against Indiscipline, KAI and VIO at Government State House, Ikeja, said the act negates the administration’s promise to residents prior to the 2015 governorship election.

The governor said: “I want LASTMA, KAI, and VIO to help this government deliver on the promises made to the public, and there are two promises: to make life simpler for every resident of Lagos and make each resident happier than before.

“I don’t want officers that will torture my citizens. They may be offenders but don’t torture them. Don’t jump into their cars to enforce arrest. This is where you have to be creative and use technology in the implementation of the law. For now, no harassment.”

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