The Lagos State Traffic Management Agency has reacted to the trending video of some of its officers driving against traffic.
The General Manager of the agency, Bolaji Oreagba, spoke on the video, which went viral on the social media.
Recall that The Eagle Online had earlier published the video, which was circulated on Friday, a day after the Lagos State Government auctioned some vehicles for contravention of traffic laws, especially driving against traffic.
Reacting, Oreagba in a statement on Saturday said the video was an old one.
But while the General Manager of LASTMA said the video was shot in 2020 before the #EndSARS protest, the man who shared the video: @Dagbofather, has said he encountered the traffic officers in 2021.
Oreagba said in the statement on Saturday: “The attention of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has been drawn to a viral video on ‘Twitter’ (@OmoGbajaBiamila) where our Officers who drove against traffic (One-way) with an operational vehicle (RTM 08 LA Zone 25 Bariga) was blocked by a private vehicle on Oworonsoki bridge, Lagos,” the statement reads.
“The Agency hereby states categorically that the video incident video occurred in year 2020 before the #EndSARS protest around Iyana-Oworo. All Officers involved have been appropriately sanctioned by the Authority.
“The patrol van with registration No. RTM 08 LA (Zone 25 Bariga) seen in the viral video was among LASTMA operational vehicles burnt alongside our office building by #EndSARS protesters at Iyana-Oworo, Lagos.”