12.10.2021 news LASTMA Officials Seize Car That Ran Out of Fuel in Transit, Demand N60,000

Published 12th Oct, 2021

By Emmanuel Uti

Chidiebere Nwaiwu, a commercial transporter, has accused officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) of attempting to extort N60,000 from him after confiscating his car unjustly at about 11 am on Monday.

Speaking with FIJ on Monday, Nwaiwu said a mechanic was driving his Toyota Sienna along Airport road in Oshodi, Lagos, to ascertain what the problem was when the car ran out of fuel.

The mechanic then parked by the roadside to avoid causing a gridlock, and rushed to get fuel from the nearest filling station.

“But in less than 10 minutes after the mechanic left, LASTMA officials came to tow my car away. The officials did not care to listen to what the mechanic had to say. Next, they said he parked in the middle of the road,” Nwaiwu said.

READ ALSO: UNDERCOVER: From Ikeja to Lekki, LASTMA Officials Operate Like a Criminal Gang

He also said he knew the officers wanted to extort some money from him the moment he spoke to them over the phone.

“When I got to their office at Oshodi, they delayed me for hours. They claimed their boss who would handle my case was not around. After waiting for hours, I spoke to her on the phone and she said I should pay to get my car. She claimed that my mechanic parked in the centre of the road,” Nwaiwu said.

“The men at the office said I would pay N50,000 for my offence and N10,000 for towing the vehicle. Although I have talked to them tirelessly since yesterday, they still insist that if I want to get my car, I must pay.”

READ ALSO: LASTMA Officers Exposed in FIJ’s Investigation Extort More Motorists

When FIJ called Olumide Filade, LASTMA spokesperson, he said he would not say anything to this reporter, saying FIJ had portrayed his organisation in a bad light. This is, however, in reference to FIJ’s undercover investigation that exposed corrupt LASTMA officials extorting motorists.

“I am not going to say anything to your organisation, not after what you guys did. It is not done,” he said.

Published 12th Oct, 2021

By Emmanuel Uti


Our Stories

FACT CHECK: El-Rufai Lied: Nurses Did NOT Remove Oxygen Mask From Baby During NLC Strike

Gbongan-Ife Road

Osun N30bn Road Without Speed Limit Kills 30 People in Half a Year

REPORTER’S DIARY: I Went to Cover a Protest, I Ended Up Being the Story

Bashir Ahmad

From Ogunlesi to Bashir, Five Govt Supporters Worst Hit by Twitter Ban

NECO, Deceased’s Wife Render Conflicting Accounts of Registrar’s Death

Frustrated Tricycle Rider ‘Strips Naked, Fetches Cutlass’ in Protest Against LASTMA

Adamawa Man Kills Pregnant Wife for Accusing Him of Infidelity

BREAKING: Students Abducted as Gunmen Attack Private University in Kaduna

More Worries as AAUA Fails to Mobilise Old Graduates for NYSC

Breaking news

BREAKING: UK to Remove Nigeria, Others From Red List