50,901 drug offenders arrested, 9,034 convicted in three years — NDLEA

The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency says it has arrested a total of 5,0901 drug offenders, including the apprehension of 46 drug barons in the last three years.The Chairman of the agency, Brig-Gen Muhammed Marwa (retd.), made this known on Monday at the inauguration and handing over ceremony of an operational facility built and donated by the British Government to the NDLEA in Lagos.Marwa said within the period, the agency had successfully prosecuted and convicted 9,034 of them as well as seized over 7,561 tonnes of illicit substances.This, according to him, would not only disrupt the flow of illegal drugs but also serve as a significant blow to the criminal networks responsible for their distribution.He said, “Our operations have undergone substantial reforms resulting in remarkable achievement within the last three years.

During this period, the NDLEA achieved significant milestones in its mission to combat drug trafficking and abuse with a total of 5,0901 arrests, including the apprehension of 46 drug barons. Our agency has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to bringing those involved in illicit drug activities to justice. Furthermore, the conviction of 9,034 offenders underscores our relentless pursuit of accountability and deterrence in the fight against drug-related crimes.“Our seizure of 7,560,749 kilogrammes of that 7,561 tonnes not only disrupts the flow of illegal drugs but also serves as a significant blow for the criminal networks responsible for their distribution.”

Marwa added that the agency had taken decisive action against illicit drug crop cultivation with its search and destroy campaign against cannabis plantation which had led to the destruction of over 1000 hectares of cannabis farms in the past three years.“At this time, we are looking at alternatives. We are strategising on how to control cannabis cultivation in Nigeria through the encouragement of cannabis growers to turn their attention to growing alternative illicit drugs and with this, an alternative development unit has been created in my office,” he added.Speaking at the ceremony, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Jonny Baxter, assured the agency of continued support to the NDLEA and Nigeria.

He said: “We, the UK Government, are delighted to have this long-standing relationship with the NDLEA and I’m in particular delighted to have been personally in several activities especially your maritime. This building makes a whole set of different actors and capabilities to address any criminal activity.“We’re delighted to continue our support for the NDLEA and the Nigerian government to tackle what is sadly a global industry, which needs a global response. I’d like to join the chairman in affirming our continued support, our continued cooperation, and indeed our continued pride in working together with ladies and gentlemen of this agency, the NDLEA.”

The NDLEA in February intercepted what it described as the single largest heroin consignment at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.Similarly, it reportedly arrested members of an organised criminal organisation which specialised in trafficking heroin across Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique, Europe and America in an operation leading to the seizure of the consignment which weighed 51.90Kg

How Atiku Prevented Tinubu From Scamming FG – El-Rufai

An Encounter with Enron

One of my memorable early experiences in BPE was a political baptism of fire – an encounter that opportunity to cash in on that misfortune. They did something similar in India in the 1990s and it went really wrong but they learnt some lessons and came to Nigeria with a more refined approach.

What Enron proposed was to supply second-hand, barge-based generators (moveable and easy to relocate in case of payment defaults) using diesel initially, to be supplied by Wale Tinubu’s Ocean & Oil Ltd. (now Oando) until gas pipelines are extended from Egbin to the barges’ location, to provide initially 90MW and expandable to 540MW of electricity exclusively for Lagos State.

The Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, his finance commissioner Wale Edun, budget commissioner Yemi Cardoso, Gbenga Oyebode of Aluko & Oyebode, Wale Tinubu and Tunde Folawiyo, all of them friends or acquaintances of mine, were involved in the transaction at various levels and capacities. There were only three hurdles that needed to be crossed. First was the legal reality of the time: that only federally-owned National Electricity Power Authority (NEPA) could buy, transmit and distribute power so the cooperation of the Federal Government (FGN) was needed.

Second was that NEPA was notorious for not paying its bills (even to government-owned companies like the Nigerian Gas Company which supplies it with feedstock), so some payment security arrangements needed to be put in place in anticipation of NEPA’s default, and finally Enron would require a sovereign guarantee in the event that NEPA fails to pay and the security arrangement fails to crystallise or is exhausted by multiple defaults.

Enron and Bola Tinubu found a way by getting Chief Bola Ige, a fellow opposition AD party leader working in a PDP administration, to get Obasanjo to sign off on the transaction without any cabinet review or rigorous inter-agency discussions. Bola Ige also obtained the president’s consent to sign a sovereign guarantee on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria something only the Minister of Finance was legally authorized to do
There were no loud protest from NEPA management who could foresee the dangers of potential corporate insolvency because they all believe resistance was fruitless since Minister Bola Ige had the ears of President Obasanjo.

Everything was signed, sealed and delivered and we all read about it in the newspapers. I was concerned that this could negatively impact the future privatization of NEPA and requested the VP to obtain copies of the agreements signed for our review. This was barely two weeks after I resumed, and then early in December 1999, we received the ‘power purchase agreement’ (PPA) of over 100 pages including annexes, annexures and other attachments.

We could not make any sense out of it. We approached Norton Rose of the UK, and two local law firms, A B Mahmoud & Co. based in Kano and George Ikoli & Okagbue of Lagos to undertake a review of the power purchase agreement. Norton Rose needed several weeks, and instinctively I knew we had to figure this out before it got too late, and several weeks night be too late.

The local law firms submitted the outcome of their reviews within a short period, but what we got were not very helpful in isolating the potential impact of the PPA on our power sector reform programme. The agreement was highly technical with enough equations and integrals to scare all but the most mathematically proficient of lawyers. At this point, I approached the World Bank country office for assistance.

Trevor Byer, the country director who fortuitously had been involved in power sector reforms elsewhere before his posting to Nigeria, was very very helpful, proactive and immediately responsive. Within a couple of weeks, we received a summary of the agreement, its impact on privatization, what the equations and annexes meant in terms of tariffs, security arrangements, dollar payments and contingent liabilities. I immediately briefed the Vice President who was alarmed at the findings, and he instructed me to draft a memo for onward transmission to President Obasanjo.

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Within five weeks of taking over the headship of BPE, I drafted the first of many memos which would be forwarded to the drawing attention to surreptitious steps being taken by line ministries to frustrate sector reforms and privatization. The Lagos State-Enron case was particularly dangerous as it would have bankrupted NEPA almost overnight! The president immediately put the transaction on hold and commended the vice president for briefing him on the implications of the deal.

The VP set up a ministerial committee chaired by Minister of State Danjuma Goje, with BPE, the Federal Ministry of Finance,and Lagos State Government represented as members,to review the agreement. Enron immediately hired GoodWorks International, the global advisory firm co-founded by former US Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young, to influence the outcome of the review, while Bola Ige and some sections of the South-West media got busy attacking me, the vice president and the BPE for depriving Lagos and Yoruba people of steady electricity’.

We declined to respond, focusing on fixing what we saw as a potential stumbling block to reforming and privatizing our electricity supply industry. I am glad we truncated the original deal, but even the better and arrangement which reduced tariffs from 8.5 cents per kilowatt – hour to just 1 cent a kilowatt – hour ended up placing huge financial burdens on NEPA years into the future – and the undertaking we extracted from Lagos State to share part of the burden was subsequently challenged court, and remained in dispute until we left office.

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My Enron experience was an education of sort. I learnt many new lessons that dispelled my naivety. Well-informed and trusted friends put pressure on me to look the other way because they were advisers or consultants to Enron, or were potential; beneficiaries in the transaction.

My explanations and passionate representations that the transaction was inimical to national interest, negatively impacts the long-term viability of NEPA and threatened the reforms of the electricity industry were neither nor relevant to their position.

I saw starkly how government officials were willing to prevent the interest of the country to impress foreigners, or obtain preferences for those they thought were their kinsmen. It was an early sobering experience and an appreciation of the reigning dictum of every one for himself, and no one for the country.

Mallam Nasir El-Rufai Governor of Kaduna State and former Director General BPE writing in his book: The Accidental Public Servant (Page 81 – 84).

Pregnant Woman, Widow Arrested Over N3.2m Counterfeit Cash, Lethal illicit Substance…As NDLEA recovers 900,000 opioid pills, 1,347.4kg cannabis in Kano, Kogi, Imo, Edo, Ogun, Ondo, Ekiti raids

By Ebinum Samuel

Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, have intercepted a commercial bus conveying N3.2million counterfeit cash owned by three suspects: eight-month pregnant Favour Peter, 24; Esther Adukwu, 27, and Ochigbo Michael, 39, who were arrested at Jabi park in Abuja in a follow up operation on Tuesday 9th April following the seizure of the fake naira notes in Lokoja, Kogi state.

This is even as NDLEA officers in collaboration with men of the Nigerian Navy Ship Lugard base, Lokoja intercepted 37-year-old Aliyu Lawal along Lokoja-Abuja road on Monday 8th April and recovered 620 blocks of cannabis weighing 310kg from him, while 10 sacks of the same psychoactive substance weighing 98kg were seized along Okene-Lokoja-Abuja express way by NDLEA operatives from Jama Obodo, 44, in a commercial bus coming from Ilesha, Osun state enroute Taraba state on Wednesday 10th April. In Cross River state, a 40-year-old widow and mother of two, Mrs.

Theodora Ita was on Monday 8th April arrested at Bassey Edom, Calabar, by NDLEA operatives for producing and selling a lethal new psychoactive substance, NPS, locally called ‘Combine’, which is a mixture of different strains of cannabis and opioids soaked in raw gin. As at the time of her arrest, 18 litres of the dangerous substance in used paint drums were recovered from her.

In her statement, she claimed she started the illicit drug production and distribution in October 2023. Another suspect, Godwin Okon Samuel, 48, was apprehended at Essit Ebum area of Calabar with 39.4kg of cannabis sativa on Tuesday 9th April. While two suspects: Sani Mohammed, 43, and Christopher Eze, 64, were arrested in Sabon Gari area of Kano on Tuesday 9th April with 900,000 pills of opioid recovered from them, NDLEA operatives on patrol along Owerri-Onitsha road, Imo state on Friday 12th April intercepted a logistics truck with registration number JGB 403XB and recovered 230 blocks of cannabis sativa weighing 119kg hidden under household items after a thorough search.

At least 252 kilograms of cannabis were seized during a raid at Ijesa Isu forest, Ekiti state on Saturday 13th April while four suspects: Adamu Umar, 39; Abdullahi A Gimba, 27; Julius Uduakhomu, 28; and Micheal Sunday, 24, were nabbed loading 40kg of same substance to the engine compartment of a gas truck at Agho village, Owan East, Edo state.

Two motorcycles used in conveying the consignment to where the gas truck heading to the North was parked, were also recovered. In Ogun state, a suspect, Ismaila Ogun was arrested on Friday 12th April with 79kg cannabis at Imeko, while 18-year-old Friday Abah was nabbed with 410kg of the same substance when NDLEA operatives raided Obatedo camp, Itaogbolu forest, Akure North LGA, Ondo state. With the same zeal, the various commands of the Agency across the country continued with the War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, advocacy campaign in the past week.

Some of them include: WADA sensitisation lecture for students and staff of Gboko Polytechnic, Gboko, Benue state; officers and men of 15 Engineering Field Regiment Nigerian Army, Topo, Badagry Lagos; meat butchers at Odo Eran abattoir, Osogbo, Osun state and WADA advocacy visit to Kogi state Governor, Ahmed Usman Ododo, among others.

While commending the officers and men of the Kogi, Cross River, Ondo, Ekiti, Ogun, Imo, Kano, and Edo Commands of the Agency for their outstanding feats in drug supply reduction, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) equally applauded them and their counterparts in all the commands across the country for intensifying their WADA advocacy lectures, aimed at drug demand reduction.

Recruitment of Police Constables: Zone 5 Announces Date For Practical Tests, Medical Screening For Qualified Candidates.. AIG assures of transparency, warns scammers

By Ebinum Samuel

The Zone 5 Police Headquarters in Benin City, Edo State has informed indigenes of Delta and Edo States who applied for the ongoing recruitment of Police Constables into the Nigeria Police Force, that the Police Recruitment Board has invited Specialist applicants for Practical Tests as well as Medical Screening in the ongoing recruitment exercise that the tests will run simultaneously with the Medical screening of both General Duty applicants and Specialists has been scheduled to commence on 16th Tuesday, 2024.

It will run for a period of two weeks. The exercise, according to the Zone 5 Spokesman, DSP Tijani Momoh, is scheduled to hold under Zone 5 Headquarters of the Nigeria Police Force (covering Delta and Edo States) as follow:

Date: Tuesday 16th April, 2024
Venue: Magnus Eweka Police Cottage Hospital, Plot 15 Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA, Benin City.
Time: 8:30am – 2:45pm daily.

The medical screening exercise is to be conducted by the Nigeria Police Medical Services. Similarly, candidates for the Exercise have been scheduled in designated syndicates and they are expected to visit the recruitment portal on: https://apply.policerecruitment.gov.ng to print out their medical screening invitation slip.

Momoh disclosed that in view of the above, qualified candidates are to come along with their Letter of Invitation (Medical Screening Slip), National Identity Card/Slip and appear in white T-shirt on white shorts.

Meanwhile the AIG in charge of the Zone, Arungwa Nwazue has assured that the medical screening exercise will be conducted in the best tradition of transparency and professionalism, while wishing the candidates success in the Practical tests/Medical Screening Exercise; he further advised them to conduct themselves in the most orderly manner during the exercise and be wary of job-scammers, as the recruitment is absolutely free, without any pecuniary obligation.

The AIG further warned that anyone found impersonating any candidate during the exercise would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.

Kokumo Assumes Command Of National Arms Centre

Newly-appointed director general of the National Centre for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW) Deputy Inspector-General of Police Johnson Babatunde Kokumo (rtd) has pledged to mop up illegal arms across the country, as he assumes command.

He took over from the erstwhile DG Major General A.M. Dikko (rtd) during a brief but colourful ceremony to mark the transition of leadership in the centre.

In a statement by the director Strategic Communications and Information, NCCSALW, Group Captain Pius Okwuego, Major General AM Dikko (rtd), the pioneer national coordinator of NCCSALW, highlighted his efforts in steering the Centre in the right direction during his tenure.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the incoming national coordinator to build upon the foundation laid and take the centre to greater heights.

Kokumo in his remarks, acknowledged the achievements of his predecessor and pledged to continue the good work in fulfilling the centre’s mandate.

With over 30 years of exemplary service in the Nigeria Police Force, including roles as Commissioner of Police in charge of Armament and DIG of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department, DIG Kokumo brings a wealth of experience in crime prevention, security management, operational leadership and expertise directly relevant to combating illicit arms proliferation.

PSC Moves To Reform Disciplinary Procedures And Processes In The Police Force, Inaugurates Inter-Agency Committee On Disciplinary Matters …Arase says lack of discipline breeds corruption, human rights abuse and lack of accountability

By Ebinum Samuel

The Police Service Commission has moved to sanitize/reform the disciplinary procedures and processes in the Nigeria Police Force to streamline and eliminate arbitrariness in the handling of Disciplinary cases of senior Police Officers, Inspectors and Rank and file.To give effect to this, Commission Chairman, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, retired Inspector General of Police, yesterday, Monday 8th April 2024, inaugurated an Inter-Agency Committee on Disciplinary Matters between the Police Service Commission and the Nigeria Police Force.

In a statement released by Ikechukwu Ani, the Commission Spokesman, it stated that the Committee is charged with the responsibilities of identifying Disciplinary cases pending at the Commission and at the Police Force; analyze judgments of courts with respect to Disciplinary cases and compile all Disciplinary decisions that are yet to be implemented by the Nigeria Police.

The Committee is also expected to compile cases of dismissal across Commands and Formations, compile all Disciplinary decisions that are yet to be implemented by the Nigeria Police, also compile cases of perceived infractions brought before the Commission and work out modalities on mitigating punishments of dismissal amongst non commissioned Officers.

It is also charged with the responsibility of recommending the best ways of ensuring a cordial working relationship between the Nigeria Police and the Commission and is also expected to draw up guidelines for processing appeals and petitions.

Inaugurating the Inter-Agency Committee at the Corporate Headquarters of the Commission in Jabi, Abuja, the PSC Chairman noted that discipline in the Nigeria Police Force is central to the standardisation, perception, evaluation, trust and confidence by the Police system itself and the citizens it protects.He observed that lack of discipline in the Police Institution breeds corruption, human rights abuse, lack of accountability and accounts for the negative perception by Members of the public.

Dr. Arase declared that ” since discipline remains an imperative essence for the Nigeria Police Force, it behoves on the Commission as the Police Oversight body to constantly evaluate and re-evaluate our Disciplinary mechanisms, processes and set out standard operating procedures that will ensure that Disciplinary decisions are not construed to be punitive but corrective and as well, must serve as deterrence to other officers”.

He disclosed that it was “in light of the above, that my first year in Office has given priorities to dispensing with both Pending Disciplinary Matters (PDM) and Appeals/Petitions (A&P) bearing in mind that lives and careers of Officers are directly affected”.Dr. Arase charged the Members of the Committee to work assiduously in achieving the goals set for them.

He assured them of the support of the Commission in implementing the robust recommendations that will emanate from their untiring efforts at reforming the Disciplinary processes of the Nigeria Police Force”.The Chairman of the Inter-Agency Committee, Mr. Ponfa Wuyep, Director Department of Police Discipline in the Police Service Commission promised that the Committee will be diligent in its assignment and will discharge its duties with a great sense of responsibility and fairness.

Mr. Wuyep said there was really the need to harmonise disciplinary cases emanating from the Nigeria Police Force Headquarters especially those Police Officers who have been dismissed and who had appealed to the Commission.

He said although the Commission had referred such appeals to the Force Headquarters for comments, responses don’t come as at when due leading to court cases.Mr. Ponfa spoke of 25 court judgements that are currently before the Commission awaiting verification before implementation.

Cp Peter Opara, Deputy Force Secretary who led the Police team that included DCP Hope Okafor, Force Provost Marshal promised that the Joint team will work as a family.CP Opara said they will do their best and assured of Police cooperation in this national assignment.

According to him, the Commission is the last hope of every police officer and deserves the support and cooperation of the Nigeria Police Force.


By Ebinum Samuel

As the Muslim faithful conclude the Ramadan fast with celebrations across the globe, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission, Dr Solomon Arase CFR, retired Inspector General of Police has prayed for Allah’s divine guidance.

Dr. Arase also prayed that Allah should grant the nation a new beginning and inculcate in Nigerians the spirit of dedication and commitment to national growth.

He called for Allah’s blessings and protection on this occasion and enjoined both Muslim faithful and other Nigerians to believe in their ability to make the nation work and better for everyone. “May Allah bless Nigeria and Nigerians with prosperity and abundance ” he prayed.

Dr. Arase felicitated with the Muslim staff of the Commission and Police Officers on the Ramadan celebration and urged them to imbibe the lessons learnt during the period of fasting.According to him “may your fast remind you of the sacrifices Allah made for us” adding that Allah will continue to provide and sustain them throughout the year.

He assured them of the Commission’s commitment to continue to ensure the provision of the enabling environment for them to give their best in the service of the nation and prayed “May God accept their supplcations”.

Constable Recruitment:Board Confirms 20 Centres For Medical Screening As Arase Prays For Successful Exercise

By Ebinum Samuel

The Police Recruitment Board set up by the Police Service Commission to midwife the ongoing recruitment of Nigerians into the Constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force has confirmed twenty centres for the Medical screening for successful and shortlisted applicants from the just concluded computer based tests conducted by the Joint Admission and Martriculation Board, JAMB.By

The medical screening is one of the several processes put in place by the Board to evaluate the applicants for suitability for the job.The applicants had earlier been subjected to physical and credentials screening and later the Computer based test and will on April 16th, 2024 undergo the last of the screenings with the medical examination. The medical screening will last for two weeks.

The 20 centres selected for the exercise are ; Zone 1 Kano; Police cottage hospital Bompai, Kano; Zone 2 Lagos; Police College Ikeja; Zone 3 Yola, Police Clinic Yola; Zone 4, Makurdi, Police Clinic Makurdi; Zone 5 , Benin, Police Cottage hospital, Benin and Zone 6, Calabar, Police hospital Calabar.Other centres are, Zone 7, Abuja, MD Abubakar Police Hospital Dei Dei Abuja; Zone 8 Lokoja, Police Clinic, Lokoja; Zone 9 , Umuahia, Police Hospital Umuahia, Zone 10, Sokoto, PTS Clinic Sokoto; Zone 11 Osogbo, Police Hospital Osogbo; Zone12 Bauchi, PTS Clinic Bauchi; Zone 13 Ukpo, Police Hospital Awka; Zone 14, Katsina, Ibrahim Coomassie Cottage Hospital Katsina; Zone 15 Maiduguri, Police College, Maiduguri and Zone 16, yenagoa, Zone 16 Headquarters Yenagoa.The other four centres are; Zone 17, Akure, Police Hospital Akure; Zone 18, Yobe, Utral Modern Police Hospital, Gashua Road, Damaturu; Zone 19, Kaduna, Police College Clinic Kaduna and Zone 20, Gusau, Police Secondary School clinic Zaria Road Gusau.

The candidates for the medical screening have already been contacted on the dates and time for their screening. Chairman of the Commission, Dr. Solomon Arase, CFR, retired Inspector General of Police has prayed for a successful conclusion of the recruitment exercise.

He advised the applicants to ensure that they keep to the dates and time allocated to them, adding that medical professionals have been selected to examine their medical status which is one of the requirements for the recruitment. Dr. Arase said successful applicants will report at designated Police Colleges for the mandatory training.

According to Ikechukwu Ani, Spokesman of the Commission,the Police Recruitment Board has Chief Onyemuche Nnamani Commissioner of the Police Service Commission as Chairman and assisted by DIG Frank Mbah, DIG Training.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Bode Akinbamilowo is Secretary of the Board and Assisted by Sanusi Yusuf, an Assistant Director with the Police Service Commission. Membership of the Board are drawn from the Police Service Commission, Nigeria Police Force, Ministry of Police Affairs, Federal Character Commission, Police Trust Fund and Police Colleges.

Easter Celebration : FCT Police Deploys 2, 000 Operatives…CP warns criminal elements

By Ebinum Samuel

The FCT Police Command in anticipation of Easter celebration, has proactively deployed human and material resources at the Command’s disposal across the nooks and crannies of the Federal Capital Territory.

The deployment which is characterized by visibility policing and the deployment of explosive ordinance devices (EOD) experts at various places of worship and event centres, raids on identified black spots, uncompleted buildings/shanties, stop and search, Vehicular/foot patrol is aimed at ensuring that residents of FCT enjoys a peaceful and serene atmosphere, before, during and after the Easter celebration.

The Command Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, SP Josephine Adeh said the commissioner of Police , CP Benneth C. Igweh urges residents to give the police operatives utmost cooperation, as the deployments is solely aimed at ensuring the safety of the populace.

He also calls on Christian faithfuls in FCT, as they join others around the world in the celebration to embrace the virtues of the festivity, while reassuring the populace of his commitment to ensure the safety of all and sundry.

Residents are therefore urged to be vigilant and take advantage of the Police emergency lines to report suspicious activities through:08032003913, 08028940883, 08061581938, 07057337653 PCB: 09022222352, CRU: 08107314192

Festive Season : LASTMA Assures Motorists of Adequate Traffic Management And Control Across Lagos

By Ebinum Samuel

Following the regular upbeat in social activities during festive season with corresponding increased in vehicular traffic and in addition to the on-going construction works at various parts of the State, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has assured motoring public of adequate deployment of more personnel including traffic management materials for seamless traffic operations before, during and after the coming festive periods. The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr Olalekan Bakare-Oki, who made this known today at the Agency’s Headquarters felicitates with all Lagosians as they celebrate Easter, disclosed that all Operational heads including the newly restructured Agency’s District Comptrollers, Commanders and Zonal Heads would be fully on ground for seamless traffic management during the festive period.Mr Bakare-Oki reiterated that the Provost, Monitoring and Surveillance Units of the Agency would be out to closely monitor performance and ensure that all LASTMA officers on the road effectively and efficiently display civility and high level professionalism in the discharge of their duties.According to the General Manager “I specially congratulate all Lagosians on this occasion of Easter Celebration and I assure all road users particularly motoring public that Lastma personnel would be deployed to every strategic locations to adequately monitor vehiclular movements across the State”.

Stressing further, Mr Bakare-Oki maintained that the structural arrangements and deployments put on ground for seamless traffic flow during the celebrations would be sustained and improved upon for the forth coming Eid-Fitri festivity.

For any traffic Complaints, Comment and Commendations (CCC) about the conduct of LASTMA personnel, members of the public particularly motorists are enjoined to call the following hotlines 08100565860, 08129928515, 08129928503 & (08129928597 WhatsApp Only) or via our Social Media Handles (Twitter ‘X’ – @followlastma), (Instagram – @ekolastma_), (Facebook – @ekolastma), (YouTube – LastmaTV) and (email – followlawtma@gmail.com).”

Every motorists must obey traffic regulations, drive within speed limit, must avoid reckless driving and also to carry out regular maintenance works on their vehicles before putting them on the road in order to avoid road accident” Bakare-Oki said.

He equally assured motorists that Lastma Officers presence would be felt at all the major roads intersections along with regular/consistence patrol especially along notorious traffic flash points.

While enjoining both commercial and private car owners including other road users to strictly comply with traffic rules and regulations, Mr. Bakare-Oki however warned that any traffic infractions or disobedience of traffic managers directives would attract serious sanctions as contained in the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018 as amended.