- There is a reason for the absence of LASTMA officials on Lagos roads
- The leadership of the agency has explained that it was due to attacks by hoodlums during the EndSARS protest
- Olajide Oduyoye, the general manager of LASTMA, noted that many operatives assaulted during the attack
The management of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has explained the reason behind the absence of its operatives on roads in the state.
Speaking with journalists on Thursday, October 29, Olajide Oduyoye, the general manager of LASTMA, explained that this was due to the violence that eventually characterised the EndSARS protests on major roads in Lagos, Guardian reports.
Oduyoye pointed out that the vandalisation of vehicles belonging to the agency and the physical attacks by hoodlums had and still have a psychological effect on personnel.
The LASTMA boss explained that for now, the body is still taking stock, restructuring, and re-strategising after the ugly experiences, adding that this is why operatives have not been able to do their best in reducing gridlock on Lagos expressways.
Confirming this position, the assistant director of public affairs of the agency, Filade Olumide, released a statement, acknowledging the traffic inconveniences suffered by Lagosians during and after the protest.
“We are aware of the traffic congestion suffered by commuters as a result of many damaged traffic light junctions, absence of BRT bus operations, illegal vehicular movements and the general lack of respect for driving ethics by some.
"In all, the safety of every LASTMA personnel as with all Lagos residents is equally paramount.”
Meanwhile, pandemonium broke out in Ikire, Irewole local government area of Osun state, on Monday, October 26, as hoodlums engaged soldiers in a gun duel.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Osun, Ibrahim Akinola, reports that no fewer than seven persons have lost their lives in battle.
It was gathered that the hoodlums who had wanted to attack the palace of Akire of Ikire, Oba Olatunde Falabi, were initially repelled by the soldiers before they finally forced their way into the palace.
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