The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has debunked a news story published on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 by a national newspaper, alleging that a yet-to-be-identified female LASTMA official assaulted a Lagos-based musician named Lobaloba Ajanaku for recording an incident that involved the deflation of two tyres of an Uber vehicle.
According to a release by the Agency, the news story suggested that the musician was slapped, his clothes torn and was subsequently made to sleep in a cell for two days while money had to be paid to secure his release by the Police.
It, however, noted that after a thorough review of the incidents narrated in the newspaper, the management has found the allegations to be mischievous and false, adding that the reporter who claimed that Ajanaku was assaulted by an unknown female LASTMA officer is aware of the standard practice that all officials of the traffic management authority have their names conspicuously displayed on their uniforms for easy identification.
The statement also pointed out that the reporter unjustifiably attributed the entire story to an Instagram post without following the dictates of the journalism profession to get all sides of a story for an unbiased presentation of facts surrounding the event.
While maintaining that the management of LASTMA will continue to address all public complaints about its personnel provided the complainant presents facts that are tangible and verifiable, the authority described a situation in which individuals disseminate information through social media without exploring all avenues for redress of the purported indiscipline by Agency’s officers as indecent and unacceptable.
“The management of LASTMA is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring the free flow of traffic as well as maintaining sanity on roads across the State and will not be deterred by the activities of lawless individuals who misinform the public with scarcely credible and misleading information”, the release asserted.