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LASTMA bars Junior Officers from Arresting Traffic Offenders | How To Identify a Junior Officer

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In the past weeks since the enforcement of the provisions of the Lagos State Traffic Law began, motorists and commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders have complained of the excesses of traffic officials, especially the Police and the  Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).

Well, it seems the state government has listened to our calls to curb their reported excesses and has ordered junior LASTMA officers to stop arresting erring motor-cycle riders and motorists in the state forthwith.

According to Vanguard, the General Manager of LASTMA, Engr. Babatunde Edu, gave the order in his address at a public forum on the Law, organised by the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, at the weekend.

According to Edu, the move was a spontaneous measure to respond to the complaints against aggressive law enforcement by junior officers. He urged the public to report any junior officer who victimises or harasses them, saying they have been stripped of the power to arrest.

Speaking on how to distinguish between a junior officer and a senior officer, he said “You can easily identify the junior officer with black epaulet on their shoulders; they cannot arrest, only the senior ones with red epaulets on their uniforms can arrest.

We have stopped the juniors from arresting motorists and okada riders except during a joint operation. That is the extent we have gone in checkmating aggressive enforcement of the law

So, next time a LASTMA Officer attempts to arrest you, be sure to look at his shoulder.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

11 Comments

  1. Debs

    November 12, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Very nice…more checkmating pending esp with the Nigerian Police.

  2. Hotspice

    November 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

    ok oh. hope they listen.

  3. Tosin

    November 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

    We are saying thank you Jesus. Maybe this will help. Lagos drivers have really been suffering, I can speak for taxi drivers.

  4. Precious o

    November 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    correct!

  5. Aijay

    November 12, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    This is a welcome development! These younger officers are d ones constituting nuisance n arresting bus drivers n confisticating Okadas at d slightest opportunity, let me see how de will operate.

  6. Dada abiodun

    November 12, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    That a good developmnt pls convey this message to the govnor d police brutality is too much last week an okada was shot @ adeniran ogunsanya in surulere cause he refuse to stop, he fell and the police took the bike and left the rider to bleed to death.

  7. Dada abiodun

    November 12, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    That a good developmnt pls convey this message to the govnor d police brutality is too much last week an okada man was shot @ adeniran ogunsanya in surulere cause he refuse to stop, he fell and the police took the bike and left the rider to bleed to death.

  8. Iris

    November 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Kai! I wonder if the officer who ‘arrested’ me in April was a junior officer. If he was, thunder fire him!

  9. Collins

    November 13, 2012 at 12:25 am

    Good talk as usual but it makes no difference coz sll d arrest has always been in conivance wt d senior cadres, d juniors oones were never alone. That apart, how does LASG curb d excesses of d Nig.Police, as far as they’re concerned, srmed robbery issues sre never interestg to them again except to arresting & shooting d innocent okada riders that aren’t plying major highways. Dont leave d Police unchecked, PLEASE!!!

  10. alfred

    November 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    i wich they respond to it

  11. Ajala yusuf

    November 21, 2012 at 7:55 am

    I am a driver,i need a job in any were,because no money to school an job right now,6years expes,i live in lagos an have work with city bus for 8years.

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