The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority on Wednesday described the alleged assault by a LASTMA official on a Lagos musician as “mischievous as well as intriguing”.
The management of LASTMA in a statement through its spokesperson, Olumide Filade, stated that the agency would continue to address all public complaints against its officials provided that the complainants are accompanied with verifiable facts.
Naija News had earlier reported that a female LASTMA officer allegedly assaulted a Lagos-based musician, Lobaloba Ajanaku, for recording an assault scene.
Ajanaku also claimed that the LASTMA slapped him, tore his clothes and subsequently released him with the help of the police from the cell after payment of an undisclosed amount.
LASTMA, in the statement, said, “Following the publication, the management of LASTMA commenced a review of the incidents narrated in the newspaper and has found some of the allegations mischievous as well as intriguing.”
“The reporter claimed that Ajanaku was assaulted by an unknown female LASTMA officer despite knowledge of the practice that all officials of the traffic management authority have their names conspicuously displayed on their uniforms for easy identification.
LASTMA claimed that a situation in which individuals disseminate information through social media without exploring all avenues for addressing issues of purported indiscipline on the part of the agency’s officers is indecent and unacceptable.
He added that the agency would not be pull down by activities of lawless individuals who were in the habit of misinforming the public with “scarcely credible and misleading information.”