…As GM says 25 LASTMA officers punished in 3 months over extortion***
The Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a 34 year-old man, Omotayo Adeleke, in a Federal High Court in Osogbo for alleged fraud of $1,200.
The EFCC Prosecution Counsel, Mr Sadiq Bashir, told the court that the defendant committed the offense on Oct. 13, 2019 within Osogbo metropolis before he was apprehended.
Bashir alleged that the defendant in a fraudulent manner scammed one Guelion Dion of the sum of $1200 US about (N320,000), on the pretext that he was a white woman.
He said the offense committed contravened Section (1) (A) (3) of the Advance Free fraud and other related offenses Act 2006.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the two- count charge of fraud and impersonation preferred against him.
The defense counsel, Mr Jimmy Jones, in an oral application, prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.
The Presiding Judge, Justice Peter Lifu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties.
Lifu said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction with evidence of tax payment and three passports sized photographs, including an attached affidavit of means.
He said one of the sureties must be a civil servant on grade level 14 while the other surety must be a land owner.
The judge however, adjourned the case until Jan. 30 for hearing.
In the meantime, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) says it arrested and reprimanded 25 of its officers for extorting motorists in the last three months.
Its General Manager, Mr Olajide Oduyoye, made this known in an interview with the newsmen on Monday in Lagos.
Oduyoye said the authority was able to achieve this because it had undercover agents who went about as motorists.
“Any officer that is caught by the agents is brought to book because the authority has zero tolerance for corrupt officials.
“We understand that no matter what we say or do, there will always be somebody, an officer that thinks he can be smarter and go away with it.
“I, as the General Manager, will do everything within my powers to ensure the corrupt ones are kicked out of our system,” he said.
Oduyoye urged motorists to obey traffic rules to avoid being extorted by LASTMA officials.
He said that any officer that could not resist enticement from traffic offenders would be penalised if caught.
The general manager urged LASTMA officers to protect their jobs jealously by punishing offenders so that the people would speak well of them.
“So, let us do our job to make the agency proud,” he said.