The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has just reacted to the video showing their staff counting money allegedly extorted from road users.
A Nigerian man identified as Ibukun Mike earlier shared a video showing the moments LASTMA officials were counting a sum of N250,000 allegedly extorted from him and other motorists.
In the video, a woman and her colleague could be seen counting the sum, while some other people spoke in the background of the video.
Narrating how the shameful incident occurred, Ibukun Mike said it happened on May 15, 2020.
He acknowledged that he and other road users were guilty of taking “one way” but he explained that they did so because there was a road block on the side of the road they were supposed to pass.
According to Mike, a LASTMA official from the “Masamasa” (Maza-Maza) LASTMA office stopped them and took them to his office where he allegedly collected 50,000 Naira in cash from each of them without giving them receipts.
In a video shared by Mike, a woman is seen counting the money allegedly extorted from those arrested.
Mike claims the officer who did the extortion left the office and asked his assistants seen in the video to count the money.
Reacting to the video, LASTMA said they are carrying out an investigation.
“Our attention has been drawn to the recent video making rounds about extortion from our officers. The Agency has taken note of this even as investigation has commenced. The officers involved will be summoned for subsequent disciplinary action, if found guilty. @jidesanwoolu.
“We urge the public to continue to report any errant officer(s) to the agency via any of the channels provided.@followlasg.”