A serial fake traffic officer has been apprehended by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) operatives around the Ikoyi area of Lagos. The suspect was nabbed at Olu Holloway Road in the Alfred Rewane area of Ikoyi by a LASTMA Monitoring/Surveillance team led by Mr Ashafa Moyosore (Zonal Head).
The suspect, Mr Omotutu Bamidele (55), was found to have been extorting vast sums of money from motorists for various traffic offences ranging from seat-belt, obstructions, illegal overtaking, and one-way at different locations around Lagos Island.
The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba, confirmed that the agency carried out a special monitoring/surveillance operation about the suspect and got him arrested in response to complaints from the motoring public via LASTMA hotlines/social media handles.
Further investigations revealed that Mr Bamidele had been impersonating a LASTMA officer with a reflective jacket and extorting money from motorists, particularly private car owners/drivers in highbrow areas across the state.
The suspect confessed to operating around Ikoyi, Obalende, Apongbon Bridge, Iporin, and Olowu areas, apprehending both commercial and private cars for various traffic infractions, including driving against traffic (one-way).
The suspect and his colleagues were making an average of N35,000 from extortions on a daily basis. Mr Bamidele will be charged to court with all items recovered from him, including a fake identity card and a reflective jacket, on Monday, 27th of March, 2023, in accordance with the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State.
The LASTMA General Manager warned other impersonators disguising themselves as LASTMA personnel to immediately desist from such illegal acts as more surveillance personnel have been strategically deployed to hunt for them. He urged the general public to be wary of these fake traffic officers, stating that the agency operates a cashless policy and that any violators apprehended are charged to court with a referral notice issued to them.
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