If you have ever driven in Lagos you may have experienced undue harassment from Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) or Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) at least once.
LASTMA officials are well known for jumping into people’s car when a traffic offense – real or imagined – has been committed. It looks like such days of harassment may be over, as Lagos State governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has warned officials from LASTMA, VIO, and KAI (Kick Against Indiscipline) to stop terrorizing Lagosians.
He gave the warning during an interactive session with officials from the aforementioned organizations at the government state house, Daily Post reports.
“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,” he said.