Attack LASTMA officer, go to jail, Lagos threatens
By Muritala Ayinla
… Lagos to deploy traffic squad, body camera
The Lagos State Government yesterday disclosed it would deploy Traffic Intervention Squads and body cameras in the metropolis to manage and monitor events in the metropolis.
This was even as the state government added that henceforth, attack or assault on traffic personnel would attract jail term and other penalties. The government noted that it was attempting to make sure that traffic personnel were no longer hurt, maimed or killed.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson, said that Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA) officers were respected citizens just like any other law-abiding Nigerians. He appealed to motorists to stop seeing LASTMA personnel as never-do well citizens.
The Commissioner said that government would ruthlessly deal with any motorist or individual found attacking officers. He said that the killings of 18 LASTMA officers and rendering 24 of the personnel incapacitated this year alone would no longer be acceptable.
He added: “One is at a loss as to why our officers and men, employed to safeguard members of the public are always attacked by the same members of the public whose interest they are promoting and protecting. For instance, we have, this year alone, lost 18 officers in various accidents while 24 are permanently incapacitated due to hit and run accidents and violent attacks.”
He added that the slain Rotimi Adeyemo held both the National Certificate in Education, NCE, and the Bachelor of Science, B. Sc. Degree in Economics. He said the deceased left behind a 105-year-old father, an 88-year-old mother, a wife, Eniola and three children, including a set of twins.
He stated: “Members of the public should realise that these officers are parents, uncles, sisters, brothers, nieces and indeed children of other people. The officer cadre of LASTMA is peopled by highly educated and dedicated men and women who should not be seen as never-do-wells because they control traffic and are in uniform. They are not only well trained, but are prepared as leaders who can rise to the very top of the Agency and head same with time.”
According to Lawanson, “for the avoidance of doubts therefore, we would like to reiterate that going forward, we will not tolerate the slightest attack on any of our officers and men. We shall henceforth apply the full weight of the relevant extant law on culprits in this regard. While the government will, in the face of these unfortunate incidents approve compensations and death/insurance benefits for our officials slain in the course of performing their responsibilities, we hasten to add that it is not the kind of incentives that we crave. We would rather that our officers thrive on their jobs, enjoy enhanced benefits and welfare packages through the institution of enhanced salaries, special insurance packages and the introduction of free and compulsory regular medical checkups alive rather than posthumously.”
Credit: New Telegraph