The Lagos State Traffic Management (LASTMA) has dismissed the reports credited its CEO, AIG (rtd) Chris Olakpe, claiming that officers of the traffic management do not have powers to arrest traffic offenders.
In a thread of tweets on Thursday, April 18, LASTMA described the report as fake, saying Olapke has debunked the news on Traffic Radio 96.1.
The tweets: "Our attention has been drawn to a fake news going round media houses about a statement credited to LASTMA CEO, AIG (rtd) Chris Olakpe on statutory operations of LASTMA particularly centered on arrest of traffic offenders.
"The CEO earlier today debunked the news on Traffic Radio 96.1 as he clearly stated that LASTMA has the powers to arrest traffic offenders as stated in Section 2 of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012.
"The General Public is advised to obey traffic rules, regulations and authorities.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) warned its officers against chasing erring motorists no matter the traffic offence committed. The Corps spokesman, Bisi Kazeem, gave the warning in a telephone interview with agency in Lagos on Saturday, April 13.
Kazeem, who was reacting to media reports of an accident on Friday, April 12 in Ibadan following a chase by FRSC officers, noted that the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, frowned at the incident.
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