A fake traffic official in Lekki area of Lagos state was on Wednesday, December 14, apprehended by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, while on fake duty and kitted in the agency’s uniform.
The Director, Public Affairs Department of LASTMA Mr. Adebayo Taofiq, LASTMA General Manager, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, confirmed that the suspect was nabbed by a patrol team while on duty monitoring and controlling traffic around the Lekki area of the state.
The 27-year-old suspect, David Oluchukwu, accused of belonging to a criminal gang that extorts money from unsuspecting motorists, was nabbed while he was extorting money from commercial bus drivers in the area.
“Preliminary investigations conducted by the agency revealed that the arrested suspect belonged to a criminal gang and they have been extorting huge sum of money from innocent motorists apprehended for various traffic offences ranging from seat-belt, obstructions, illegal over-taking and One-way at different locations across the State.
“The suspect was apprehended after our patrol team sighted him fully kitted with a LASTMA uniform on a black jean collecting money from different commercial bus drivers who were illegally dropping and picking passengers under the Lekki bridge.
“It is disheartening for some unscrupulous elements impersonating as LASTMA officials and extorting money from innocent motorists thereby denting the good image of the Agency before the public.
“The arrested suspect Mr. David Oluchkwu (27yrs) confessed to having been impersonating as a LASTMA official and extorting money from different motorists particularly commercial bus drivers apprehended for violating traffic laws across the state.
“Mr. Oluchkwu who hailed from ‘Ukpu’ in Anambra State confessed further to be making an average of N40,000 everyday from the illegal traffic business.”
The Director, Legal Department LASTMA, Barr. Akerele Kehinde, disclosed that the arrested suspect would be charged to court on Thursday (today) in accordance with the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State.